Watch for CWHF Annual Events in 2020

Inspiration is the ‘calling card’ of CWHF

Two years ago, during the CWHF annual strategic planning offsite, it was evident that in order to fully realize our mission, the organization needed to increase awareness throughout Colorado, tell the stories of our amazing inductees, and increase annual donations. As a Volunteer Board, we determined the best way to accomplish this would be through specific targeted events that allow us to celebrate and honor the wonderful women of the Hall in ways that inspire audiences to Aspire Higher to realize their dreams.

Last year, we held our inaugural “Great Colorado Women Stories” event before a capacity crowd, leaving our guests wanting to learn more about our Inductees. This event also produced much-needed donations and “planted the seed” for future events. Our fall “Women in STEM” event sold out weeks in advance and ignited a fire in Denver women/men to learn more about us.

Inspiration is the ‘calling card’ of CWHF. Each time, when our inductees tell their stories, inspiration is the takeaway that lasts long after our events are over. To continue to inspire all our audiences, we will repeat these two events in Denver and continue to fuel the energy catalyzed through our stories of grit & grace, challenges and accomplishments.

This year, as part of the Hall’s 35th anniversary celebration, the “Great Colorado Women Stories” event will expand across Colorado featuring our founder, M.L. Hanson who will share her vision and her “why” for creating CWHF” along with Inductees sharing their stories and engaging our audiences.

Four Locations in 2020/2021

· Denver June 2020

· Northern CO/Boulder August 2020

· CO Springs October 2020

· Western Slope Spring 2021

Our annual fall event will again focus around “Women in STEM” and will take place in the Denver Metro area; we are planning to expand to Northern CO/Boulder and CO Springs in 2021.

We are in the planning stages is underway and we welcome input from this Elevate audience. If you are interested in supporting these events or know of a venue that would provide space as an “in-kind sponsor,” contact Inductee Relations Director Alexis Anderten or Vice Chair, Barb Beckner at

We Say Thanks

Like every nonprofit organization, funding is our life blood. While CWHF hasn’t been consistent about its end of year fundraising campaign, we are getting better and advance planning and articulating a compelling case to give.  
In 2019, so many of you were very generous and participated in our campaign. We are grateful! Our theme continues to be Inspiring the Next Generation. To that end, CWHF has launched new educational programs to inform and inspire girls and boys between the ages of 10 and 18 with the stories of the contributions and accomplishments of women in Colorado.
Thank you for your Generosity!
These programs will build upon the incredible stories of our CWHF Inductees and put into context the historical significance of their impact. The great Colorado women in the Hall are role models for students of all ages to tap into their potential for paving new trails, shaping history and transforming lives.
Thanks to you, we raised over $7,000, far more than any year in the past. We hope you will continue to connect with our message about the inspiration and importance of amazing female role models in the lives of girls and boys.  

Women’s Right to Vote

The year 2020 may be the Centennial of the 19th Amendment granting U.S. women the right to vote, but Colorado women actually blazed the trail and started voting 27 years earlier in 1893. Colorado was the first state to grant women the right to vote. Priscilla Walker, Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) Western Slope board member, is making several presentations on the other side of the divide. 

The presentation highlights CWHF the Inductees in the Hall who fought for the vote and their roles in women’s suffrage nationally. More information about those women is available on Google Arts & Culture in a CWHF virtual exhibit, Saluting 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage. You can see the exhibit at

Women’s History Month – March 2020

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” 

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The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

We are in great company. Organizations across the state of Colorado celebrate this month. During these 30 days we work to elevate awareness of the women who made our state what it is and have impacted many of our lives.
Be part of our March 18th Induction Celebration We hope to see you there!

CWHF Featured at National History Day in Colorado

Reprinted from the National History Day in Colorado February Newsletter 

Rhiannon Szobody is an eighth grader at Broomfield Heights Middle School. When she began looking for topic ideas for this year’s theme Breaking Barriers in History, she was searching for a topic with two things: 1) Szobody wanted to research a local, Colorado History topic, and 2) she wanted to explore a project on women and gender barriers.  

Szobody decided on the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, and in her quest for primary sources, reached to to the founder of the Hall of Fame, M.L. Hanson, for an interview. Hanson was not just willing, but excited to be interviewed, and Szobody cited Hanson and the experience as incredible.  

The National History Day in Colorado program showcases students’ incredible work.  “I was so excited to see Rhiannon’s work,” said Deb  Radman.  “She did a great job telling our story and I am delighted to be hosting her at our March 18th Induction Gala and ceremony.” 

M. L. Hanson shown right in photo.

The story does not stop there, however. Szobody is to be hosted at the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Gala in March, and she will be donating her project to the Hall of Fame. Szobody also invited Hanson to the Broomfield Heights NHD Open House on January 28. Hanson invited the entire Board of Directors, many of whom, including the Deb Radman, Chair of the Board, 2020 Inductee Velveta Howell and a supporter who lives in Broomfield, did come to see Szobody’s project, as well as projects by other BHMS students.  

Reflecting on the entire experience, Szobody says that History Day allowed her to “learn so much about things in history that are not taught in class. I really got to know so much about the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, and all the wonderful things women in our state have fought for.” She also said that her favorite part of the process was interviewing Hanson. 

As for Hanson, she says, “Rhiannon’s project on the Hall was a dream come true when I reflect on our original vision 35 years ago. Having students realize the amazing contributions women have made to Colorado and beyond can provide real inspiration, motivation, and encouragement.” She adds, “writing women into history is more than completing our state’s past, but also hope for the future.”