In honor of Black History Month, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) is displaying inductee portraits at the Blair-Caldwell Denver Public Library Branch.
The exhibit opens January 23 and ends February 28, 2017
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African-Americans in U.S. history.
In Colorado, visionary and trail-blazing women of color from the past and present are honored through this exhibit for their connection and contribution to shaping the state. CWHF’s inductee portraits bring greater recognition and awareness of Colorado’s great women, past and present.
Too often, society has overlooked the accomplishments of women. CWHF’s vision is to serve as the leading resource of exciting, dynamic stories of women acting as agents of change for girls and women in society.
Celebrate the extraordinary African-American women of
Colorado throughout the month of February.
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame was created to recognize, honor and preserve the contributions of trailblazing Colorado women. Both historical and contemporary women have shared foresight, vision and accomplishment, but lacked a forum for recognition. Since 1985, the Hall has inducted 152 extraordinary women who have been outstanding in their field, elevated the status of women, helped open new frontiers for women or inspired others by their example. Inductees include scientists, teachers, social activists, philanthropists, authors, business leaders, elected officials and more.
Women in STEM – A CWHF portrait exhibit featuring all of our STEM inductees opens December 13, 2016 and runs through March 12, 2017 at the Aurora History Museum.
Featured (top) is inductee Hazel Schmoll who was a Colorado state botanist (inducted 1985) who will also be spotlighted in a lecture at Chautauqua in Boulder on March 7, 2017. Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame board member Wendy Bohling will be speaking about Hazel as well as Mary Rippon in this featured Women of Boulder series.
Hazel Schmoll was born in 1890 in a sod shanty and raised near a mining camp in Ward, Colorado. Hazel grew up riding the high peaks and valleys of the Continental Divide amid the native wild flowers she knew and loved. Later, as Colorado state botanist, she conducted the first systematic study of plant life in Southwestern Colorado. Her research led to the discovery of a rare locoweed variety that was named for her. As board member of the Colorado Mountain Club, Hazel was appointed chief lobbyist to pass a bill for the protection of the Colorado state flower, the lavender Columbine. In Schmoll’s later years she built Rangeview Ranch on land adjoining Rocky Mountain National Park, where she served as a nature guide well into her seventies. Hazel passed in 1990.
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Starts Scholarship Program
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) is awarding up to three scholarships yearly to women who are making a difference in advancing their education. The women have returned to school later in their careers, but have demonstrated leadership and community service.
The scholarship program was created in honor of M.L. Hanson, founder of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. This year we partnered with the Colorado Women’s Education Foundation (CWEF) to award three scholarships.
Vanesa Lopez of Westminster was awarded the M.L. Hanson scholarship to be used at CU-Boulder, where she is pursuing a Master’s in Educational Policy and Practice. She received $1000.00 from both organizations. She aspires to be a school administrator, Title 1 Coordinator, educational policy advisor, and/or a grant coordinator. Vanesa has volunteered for the American Red Cross and Aurora Public Schools. She currently works at Aurora Public Schools as Family Liaison and Youth Advocate. She moonlights translating Spanish at hospitals and has performed extensive military service.
Tiffany Stockard, who attends Front Range Community College and is pursuing a degree in Communications, received a $1000.00 scholarship. Her goal is to work in human resources or public relations. Tiffany has volunteered in the classroom with all four of her children, and managed her own business for many years as a hair stylist. She currently serves as team manager for her daughter’s competitive soccer team through Broomfield Soccer Club. Tiffany maintained a 4.0 grade point average while carrying a heavy class load and coping with a chronic illness.
Paige Admore was awarded a $1000.00 scholarship to Front Range Community College, where she is studying for an Accounting Certificate and an Associates Degree in Business. After graduating from FRCC, she will pursue a Bachelor’s and then Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance at Regis University. She volunteers as president of the Front Range Boulder Campus Chapter of National Society of Leadership and Success, as well as Phi Theta Kappa. Paige received a Nationally Engaged Leader Award in April 2016.
This is our new blog, fresh off the press! We hope to share many stories and contribute to the achievement of the aspirations & dreams of girls and women in Colorado and beyond. The CWHF mission is to inspire by celebrating and sharing the enduring contributions of Colorado’s distinctive women. To achieve this, the Hall educates the people of Colorado about the stories of the women who shaped our state and the nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, compassion, and creativity. Their talents, skills, struggles, and contributions form a legacy that the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to protecting. The women inducted into the Hall of Fame come from diverse backgrounds such as pioneers to politicians, educators to entrepreneurs, minority leaders to lawyers and more, or have been an integral part of Denver and Colorado culture, or have made a major impact on the lives of others and helped to elevate the status of women and girls in our state, our nation, and around the world.