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.

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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!

University of Denver Portrait Exhibit and Reception


MARCH 27 – JUNE 26,  2017 ~
This exhibit features all 152 CWHF Inductees.

Opening Reception, March 30, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m 
Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women
1901 E. Asbury Avenue, 1st floor Denver, CO, 80210

Portraits will be displayed at:

  • Anderson Academic Commons
  • Bonfils Stanton Music Library
  • Colorado Women’s College
This portrait exhibit features all 152 CO Women’s Hall of Fame inductees, with biographical information and highlights of their impact on Colorado and the world.   The opening reception on March 30th will be hosted by DU’s Colorado Women’s  College.   Come and view a selection of the panels and portraits of inductees who have made their mark in philanthropy, science, the arts, law, and advocacy, meet the organizers of the Hall, and mingle with some of the these extraordinary women.
Light refreshments will be served.  This event is FREE, but registration is required Register for Reception
We hope you can make it!
Read more about our featured inductee: Lena Archuleta
Visit our home page: Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame 

Chocolate and Wine Pairing Classes – An Event Series 2017


6-8:30 PM

We are presenting Wine and Pairing classes in 2017. This event is part education, part fundraising, and 100% opportunity to eat chocolate and drink wine!   There will be five opportunities to attend throughout the year. Purchase Tickets

Spend an evening with CWHF inductees sharing stories and learn to pair chocolates and wines with The Chocolate Therapist, Julie Pech. Bring your appetite for wines and chocolates from Julie’s store. Check dates below for guest inductees and locations. Questions? Call 303-271-3599 Price is $40.00

We will feature 2016 Inductee Anna Jo Haynes President Emeritus of Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers as our guest who will share her story with us on March 22, 2017. Anna has been a tremendous advocate for children for over 30 years.

This series will continue in May, and then again in the Fall on two dates. See all of our upcoming activities Upcoming Activities