MARCH: Women’s History Month is an annual declared month in the US that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.
Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame: CELEBRATING EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN
The Hall is dedicated to recognizing and preserving the history of the accomplishments of past and present Colorado women. Both historical and contemporary women have shared foresight, vision, and the power of accomplishment but lacked a forum for recognition. The Hall is dedicated to ensuring that their splendid achievements will not be forgotten through an induction ceremony held every two years as well as events including our inductees held in Denver and around the state.
The CWHF mission is to inspire by celebrating and sharing the enduring contributions of Colorado’s distinctive women. To achieve this, the Hall educates the people of Colorado about the stories of the women who shaped our state and the nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, compassion, and creativity. Their talents, skills, struggles, and contributions form a legacy that the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to protecting. The women inducted into the Hall of Fame come from diverse backgrounds such as: Pioneers==Politicians==Educators==Entrepreneurs==Minority Leaders==Lawyers and more==
Any woman who is presently connected or had a past connection to Colorado and has made a major impact on the lives of others as well as helped to elevate the status of women and girls in our state, our nation, and, some, around the world, is eligible for nomination. Read more about our inductees and learn how you can nominate an extraordinary woman to the Hall.
Women’s Hall of Fame – Virtual Fireside Chat
Our First Chat: “A New Era of Politics“
March 11, 2021 — 5:30-6:30pm – free
Featuring Hall Inductees Gail Schoettler, and Judi Wagner….Gail and Judi have worked together for 45 years on many projects to help women. They started Electing Women Alliance in 2000 to raise money for pro-choice women running for high public office. Their partnership continues to elevate the status of women in Colorado and nationally.
Gail Schoettler, a tireless advocate for women, is the first woman to serve as both Colorado’s State Treasurer (1987-1995) and Lieutenant Governor (1995-1999). As Lieutenant Governor, she negotiated the clean-up agreements for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility, saving billions of dollars. She is passionate about helping women run for political office and be successful in whatever they want to do.
Judi Wagner was one of the founders of the Women’s Bank of Denver, opening in 1978; and she hired the first woman President and CEO of a bank in Colorado. Following this lead, other banks promoted women to management positions, where historically 80% of bank employees were women and less than 3% were in management. Wagner also elevated the status of women in politics by providing financial support and the strategic advice they needed to be successful. Wagner co-founded the first center for women’s health research at The Center for Women’s Health Research, at the University of Colorado.
IMAGES OF THE WOMEN
Since 1985 the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted 172 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 are pioneers in their small communities.
Four Colorado Women’s College seniors created a project about the hall and four of the inductees as a CAPSTONE presentation. They attended the 2016 induction and were inspired to learn more about the hall and these extraordinary women. Leanna Stoufer, one of the four graduates shared, “We wanted to go beyond the media celebrities and find those less known but inspiring women of substance that have made an impact on Colorado and beyond. Each of the women we picked spoke to something in ourselves and we realized that passion and vision in each of these women needed to be shared to inspire others.”
EXHIBIT: There is a small exhibit of approximately eight of these Biographic Images on display at the Estes Park Valley Library. (Open Monday thru Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. —970-586-8116)
SEE A LIST OF THE NAMES OF WOMEN INDUCTED; and CLICK ON THEIR IMAGES.