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 https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/colorado-womens-hall-of-fame
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.”
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!
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.”
Tune in to Rocky Mountain PBS for our video series “Great Colorado Women”
The pilot of the series premiered on Thursday, February 1st, at 8pm MT on Rocky Mountain PBS channel 6 in Denver. The series will focus on historic and contemporary Colorado women and their little known, under-reported achievements in a five-episode series in early 2018.
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.