CWHF New Chair, Vice Chair and Board Members

Say Hello to Our new Board Chair, Vice Chair and Newest Board Members

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) has named Deborah Radman Chair of the CWHF board of directors. Barbara Beckner will fill the role of Vice Chair. Deborah Radman is CEO of Radman Communications LLC and serves as an independent, senior public relations counselor affiliated with a number of different public relations firms throughout the country. She has been on the CWHF board for three years as Director of Brand Awareness. Barbara Beckner is an experienced business leader and a top sales, planning, goal-setting, customer satisfaction, and contract manager. She is adept at building teams and long-term relationships, and motivating team members to achieve successful results that promote business growth. Barbara joined the CWHF board in 2018.

Debbrah Courtney as Director of Speaker’s Bureau; Shannon Haltiwanger as Brand Awareness Director. Mandi Ericson (not shown) will become Board Secretary.

Inductees In the News – Summer 2019

Three Hall Inductees being inducted into the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame
The newly established Colorado Authors Hall of Fame inducted three CWHF inductees into their first class: Madeleine Albright, Jill Tietjen, PE, and Marilyn Van Derbur Atler Congratulations to all on this impressive honor! 

Penny Rafferty Hamilton inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2014, was selected as Grand County Colorado 2019 Citizen of the Year by the Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Board. A true renaissance woman, Dr. Hamilton not only holds records for aviation speed, she also earned blue ribbons at the fair for her Butterscotch Apple Pie and her S’More cookie bites.

Penny Hamilton

Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum in Grand County nominated as one of the Best Museums in Grand County Hall Inductee Emily Howell Warner was inducted into the Hall in 2002. Warner made aviation history by becoming the first woman hired as a pilot by a major U.S. airline, Frontier. Three years later she earned her captain’s wings, the first woman to do so. Voting open until September 15, 2019
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Emily Howell Warner

We are sad to announce that Joan Birkland, inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996, recently passed away at the age of 90. Joan was a trailblazing athlete and champion of girls in sports. Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

Day of the Girl Essay Contest

The Center for Colorado Women’s History and the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame will host an essay contest to celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2019. Denver metro students in grades 3 through 8 are invited to learn about women who have made a difference in history, so that they can use them as inspiration to create a better tomorrow.

The 19th Amendment was adopted in 1920, 99 years ago, to ensure that gender would not be a barrier to voting in the United States.  Many women fought tirelessly for this amendment to the constitution and the fight for equal voting rights continued after 1920.

Participants should submit a 250 to 500 word essay responding to this prompt:

Before the 19th Amendment was adopted in 1920, states could deny women the right to vote. Why do you think it is important for women to have the right to vote and why would voting be important to you?

A winner from each category will be invited to attend an afternoon tea with Denver’s Margaret “Molly” Brown to celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11, at 4:30 pm, at the Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House.

Jaclyn Allen, Denver7 Anchor on Women & Journalism

It may not surprise you to hear in this “Me Too” era that the world of television news is not always kind to women.  Already a cutthroat industry of fierce competition, disproportionate emphasis on appearance and grueling schedules, longevity is rare, especially if you happen to be female.

However, journalism is an industry that, now more than ever, needs women to tell their stories, to show their faces and to fight for their seat at the table.  Which is why when I think of women I admire, Denver7 anchor Anne Trujillo is one of the first who comes to mind.

Jaclyn Allen, Denver7 Anchor

Yes, for more than 25 years, Anne has been the face of Denver’s ABC affiliate, winning more Emmys and awards than anyone can count for her exceptional journalism in Colorado. But it is what she does behind the scenes that also makes her a hero in my book. 

More than a decade ago, I walked into the Denver7 newsroom, a terrified young reporter, worried that I wasn’t ready, carrying all of the racking self-doubt with which young women too readily saddle themselves. I had just finished one of my first reports, when Anne approached me.  “You did a great job on that story,” she said with an encouraging smile. In that time when compliments from others had seemed few and far between, I felt an inexplicable flood of relief, gratitude and confidence. “The main anchor thinks I’m good enough. Maybe I am?”

Since then, Anne has been teaching me through her example every day: A truly strong woman uses her strength to support other women. I am fully aware that women such as Anne paved the way in this still typically male-dominated profession.

Over the years, Anne and I have sometimes been the only women in editorial meetings, and I have watched her fight for stories about women, champion diverse hires and raise awareness about equal treatment over and over again. She takes her responsibility as a “voice for the voiceless” seriously.

As so many women are expected to do, she juggles the personal and the professional in a way that makes me stop and stare, somehow managing to host Politics Unplugged and also host bridal showers (including mine) with the same level of grace and style. She was a working mother and is a working powerhouse, never resting on her laurels, but reaching on her way to bring others along with her.  

So many people have asked me what Anne is like behind the scenes, and I think the answer is simple. She is as amazing and as strong as she seems. And she knows that women need women to make it.