Second Season of Great Colorado Women

Rocky Mountain PBS and the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
Premieres Season 2 of Great Colorado Women
Historic, Multi-Episode Series Begins in Late-February

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) and Rocky Mountain PBS will debut Season Two of a broadcast series focusing on historic and contemporary Colorado women and their little-known, under-reported achievements. The five-episode series, Great Colorado Women, premiers on Thursday, February 28, 2019, and is produced by the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) Season Two is part of what is a multi-season series. These stories provide role models to remind women and girls; men and boys, so they can aspire higher to reach their dreams.

The Season Two premier airs statewide on Thursday, February 28 at 8:30pm MT on Rocky Mountain PBS.

The first episode features the story of Helen Bonfils: “Miss Helen: Bringing Culture to A Cow Town.” Bonfils was known affectionately as “Miss Helen” and also as “Poor Little Rich Girl.” She was one of Colorado’s most generous philanthropists and the leader of a cultural revolution.

The series resumes later in March as follows:
● Thursday 3/21 8:30-9:00pm Arlene Hirschfeld: “Denver’s Spirit of Volunteerism”
● Thursday 3/28 8:30-9:00pm Gudy Gaskill: “Blazing the Colorado Trail”
● Thursday 4/4 8:30-9:00pm Doreen Pollack: “Giving Silence a Voice”
● Thursday 4/11 8:30-9:00pm Mildred “Babe” Zaharias: “The Greatest Athlete”

“So many women in the Hall are unsung heroes, hidden figures who have endured with superlative strength, beauty and love. They deserve absolute respect and acknowledgment,” says Betty Heid, CWHF’s executive producer of the series. “They are shining examples of the potential of all women. Their accomplishments are worthy of being emulated and have shaped history and transformed lives.” Each episode of Great Colorado Women meets Colorado Academic Standards for K-12 and can easily be integrated into classroom studies through PBS LearningMedia that schools can consider using in their curricula to teach students about women’s history.

Julie Speer Jackson, Vice President of Culture Content at Rocky Mountain PBS says, “This series, in its second year airing on Rocky Mountain PBS, is really an eye-opener to the impact women have had on our state, our country, and our world. We think it will have broad audience appeal for Colorado citizens including the general public, historians, elementary through high school students, and college students. We want to help others to know about those who have gone before us, and in doing so, we believe the
stories about the women in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame will inspire women to play a bigger role in shaping Colorado’s history,” she added.
History has shown that when women get involved, great things can happen. “A better world happens when women’s contributions are encouraged and recognized,” Heid emphasizes. “Women have been overlooked in history and in the media. The amazing stories of women’s success, leadership, vision, and accomplishments have not been told.”
Great Colorado Women draws on the historic, scientific, cultural, public policy, education, agriculture, healthcare, and social justice accomplishments of the current 162 women in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

Enchanted Road Productions, along with Heid, produces these programs that will sustain the series for multiple seasons. Rocky Mountain PBS is actively seeking underwriting to support this programming. CWHF is working on community and corporate sponsorships to support production. Both the CWHF and RMPBS believe that individuals, businesses, and organizations can garner great benefit from sponsoring and sending a strong message that women and their contributions matter. A special invitation-only preview screening event will be held in late February, hosted and sponsored by Balfour Senior Living at its Riverfront Park location in lower downtown Denver. Balfour communities are
highly regarded for their comfortable elegance and for the individualized quality of life. But it’s their dedication to service, innovation, and respect that truly define The Balfour Way.

Nominations for 2020


The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is Accepting Nominations of Amazing Women

Deadline for entries is August 1, 2019

Do you know an amazing woman?  The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) begins its “Call for Nominations” for its next group of extraordinary women to be inducted into the Hall.  Representing the “Class of 2020,” up to ten women will be inducted in March 2020 during a special celebration in their honor.

Every two years, the CWHF inducts contemporary and historical women with significant ties to Colorado who have made enduring and exemplary contributions to their fields, elevated the status of women and helped open new frontiers for women and society.

“Women, and especially young girls, need role models who share a similar drive and vision in life, education, business, and personal development,” says Beth Barela, chair of CWHF.  “Too many of today’s girls and young women still struggle with low self esteem, the deeply rooted belief that they “can’t,” or that certain obstacles are insurmountable.  Having role models to study, emulate, and help them find ways to succeed is critical in women being able to create a healthy, happy, productive future for themselves.”

Nominations are generated by the citizens of Colorado who put forward a wide variety of extraordinary women for consideration.  These nominations are evaluated by an independent selection committee comprised of diverse citizens from around the state who are experts in their fields.  “We really hope for greater participation from Colorado citizens in submitting nominations this year for 2020,” says Barela.

The six contemporary and four historical women inducted into the Hall must meet the following criteria:

The Hall believes that individuals, businesses, and organizations that submit nominations for the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame send a strong message that women and their contributions matter.

Nominations are due by August 1, 2019. Tips and more information about the selection criteria as well as both English and Spanish version nomination forms are available to download at:

About the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Since 1985 the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted 162 women of various races, backgrounds, economic levels, career choices, political philosophies, and religious beliefs united by their outstanding contributions to society. The lives of these extraordinary women are shining examples of what can be achieved with passion, commitment, spirit, and the willingness to stand tall in the face of obstacles. They are trailblazers, visionaries, women of courage, glass-ceiling breakers, innovators, and rule changers in all walks of life. Their contributions span Colorado’s colorful and storied history, reach to its four corners, and have spread to touch our nation and our world.

They are teachers, doctors, scientists, politicians, social activists, bankers, newspaper publishers, philanthropists, humanitarians, authors, a symphony conductor, a former prime minister, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, a jurist, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, an historical preservationist, a true Western pioneer, an aviation pioneer, a former Miss America, and a Cheyenne princess, to name a few. While some are well known throughout Colorado and the nation, others were pioneers in their small communities.

To learn more about our Inductees:

Stay in touch via Facebook:,

The LinkedIn group: Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Follow CWHF on Twitter @ColoradoWHF.

Contact: Deborah Radman |



Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame wins Heartland Emmy

In March of 2018, CWHF premiered a film series featuring 5 Inductees on Rocky Mountain PBS. The category for Best Music Composition/Arrangement was awarded to CWHF for the episode, “Saving the Soul of Denver” featuring CWHF Inductee Dana Crawford, who is a visionary preservationist and developer who worked to preserve historic downtown Denver. The Hall gives thanks and gratitude to former Video Chair Betty Heid, Lisa Downing, composer and pianist, Rebecca Martinez, and Enchanted Road Productions: Rick Higgins and Bill Ranshaw who were also involved and awarded in this endeavor!

Read more about Inductee Dana Crawford

Inductee Stories on Rocky Mountain PBS

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.

Read more about this series: Video Project

  • Thursday 2/1 8:00-8:30pm and Friday 2/2 1:30am-2:00am
    Marion Downs “Mother of Pediatric Audiology”

    Full video Marion Downs

  • Thursday 2/8 8:00-8:30pm 
    Dana Crawford “Saving the Soul of Denver”

  • Full video Dana Crawford

  • Thursday 2/15 8:00-8:30pm and Friday 2/16 1:30am-2:00am
    Penny Hamilton “Penny the Pilot”

    Full Video: Penny Hamilton

  • Thursday 2/22 8:00-8:30pm and Friday 2/23 1:30am-2:00am
    Jill Tietjen “Engineering Women Back into History”

  • Thursday 3/1 8:00-9:00pm and Friday 3/2 1:30am-2:00am
    Marilyn Van Derbur Atler “An Incest Survivors Odyssey”

10 New Colorado Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Ten amazing, inspirational women will be inducted next March 28th, 2018 into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame – To read about these trail-blazing inductees, visit Inductees Announced 

An astronaut, four nonprofit leaders and activists, a university chancellor, a former Colorado Lt. Governor, a journalist and suffragette, an educator of the deaf, and a community builder and cattle owner comprise the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Purchase Tickets – 2018 Induction

Wine and Chocolate Pairing/Tasting Event – Oct 17th

Great Colorado Women

Wine & Chocolate Pairing/Tasting

Join us for an inspirational talk by an inductee and chocolate and wine pairing by the Chocolate Therapist Juli Pech on October 17, 2017.  This will be the last chocolate/tasting event for the year.

We will feature Jo Ann Cram Joselyn Phd., inducted into the CWHF in 2002, the first American and first woman to serve in the positon of Secretary General of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. Before retiring, Dr. Joselyn was a space scientist and reserve space weather forecaster with the Space Environment Center of NOAA’s Environmental Research Laboratories.

This event will be held at the Liberty Oilfield Services Office at 950 17th Street #2400, Denver. The ticket price is $40.00 – $25.00 is tax-deductible.

Purchase Tickets:

Nominations are due for 2018 March Induction

In March 2018 at our next induction gala, we will induct up to 10 women, usually 4 historical and 6 contemporary  that presently have or in the past had strong Colorado ties. The Hall depends on members of the public to nominate these extraordinary women. Nomination form can be downloaded from the nominate page

2016 Inductees: Above photo historical inductees l-r Anne Evans, Laura Hershey, Minnie Harding, Betty Pellet.

 Contemporary Inductees below (names listed with caption)

Judith Wagner, Judge Sandra Rothenberg, Arlene Kramer, Lydia Pena, Anna Jo Haynes, Shari Shink


Women of Excellence – Portrait Exhibit Grand Junction

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, Museums of Western Colorado and Chevron have joined forces to bring Women of Excellence: The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Collection” to Western Colorado. The Collection will be on display at Museum of the West in downtown Grand Junction from June 2 through Labor Day weekend.

“Women of Excellence” is a one-of-a-kind presentation of women who are true heroes and shining examples of the potential of all women. Featuring such inductees as Golda Meir, Madeleine Albright, Judy Collins, Baby Doe Tabor, Temple Grandin and even Chipeta, the exhibition of 152 inductee portraits and profiles honors women who have significantly impacted Colorado and the world.

“The Museums of Western Colorado is proud to bring the stories of these trend-setting women from throughout Colorado’s history to our community,” says Museums’ Executive Director Peter Booth. “The Museums are particularly excited to present and highlight those inductees who have made a difference in Western Colorado, and hope this presentation will help to increase interest in nomination and induction of additional outstanding women from our region.”

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame highlights extraordinary women and their accomplishments, which have advanced the roles of today’s women to levels of heightened recognition and models of inspiration. “Inspiration is what the Hall is about,” says Betty Heid, Board Chair for the Hall. “We believe that shining a light on our inductees and the wide diversity represented by their contributions, ethnic backgrounds, economic levels, careers and beliefs, continues to impact the lives of others and elevate the status of women.” Heid also emphasizes that presenting “Women of Excellence” on the Western Slope is part of an ongoing effort to further the Hall’s mission as a statewide organization.

A private reception is being held on the evening prior to exhibition opening. The public is invited to attend a presentation at 9:30 am. on Friday, June 2 at the Central Mesa County Library Community Room. “I will talk about the Hall, its history and how people can get involved, and the keynote speaker will be CWHF Inductee Jill Tietjen, who is a real pioneer and advocate for women in STEM, particularly engineering,” says Heid. Reservations are not required, but seating is limited.

CWHF currently is accepting nominations from the public for up to 10 women to be inducted into the Hall in 2018. Deadline for nominations is August 1, 2017. The Induction Ceremony will be March 28, 2017 in Denver. Visit Nomination page


Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame – Magic on Main Street

Join the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

13th Annual Magic on Main Street
Littleton Block Party in Historic Downtown Littleton

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame will participate in the 13th Annual Historic Downtown Littleton Block Party on June 10, 2017. This family-friendly event runs from 6-11pm on Main Street. This event features food, beer and wine, 6 stages of music, 2 firework shows, and other activities. Event is free to attend. Tickets may be purchased for food and drinks. Join us and learn more about the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. This event is a great party!