NPR's All Thing's Considered produced a great segment on suffragist history in Utah:
"Voting in Utah started with a joke in a newspaper. In the 1800s, the idea of women voting was just a fringe movement on the East Coast until The New York Times had a clever idea.
'Female suffrage might perhaps be tried with novel effect in the territory of Utah,' read an editorial in 1868. 'Perhaps it would result in casting out polygamy and Mormonism in general. Here would be a capital field for woman suffrage to make a start, and we presume nobody would object to the experiment.' "