Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, 17 new inductees
The Class of 2022 includes both contemporary and historical women who have made enduring and exemplary contributions to their fields, inspired and elevated the status of women, and helped open new frontiers for women and society. Their contributions span Colorado’s colorful and storied history, reaching all four corners of our state, and have spread to touch our nation and our world.
NOTE: These are abbreviations of the text describing the accomplishments of each women. Go to the link below to see the full information, including the March 15th event. — the first women listed are “Contemporary Inductee” and the bottom portion are “Historic Inductee“
She is a community activist and psychiatric social worker. She observed that a large percentage of her patients with mental health concerns were women. She knew she could do something about the issues she saw to help make those patients feel worthwhile and enable them to contribute to society. She worked to provide needed services and facilities including education, housing and criminal justice for everyone, particularly women, poor and seniors. Her efforts led to Littleton becoming the first suburban community nationally to create a Housing Authority (1971). She was instrumental in helping to establish an assisted living center for the elderly.
Vicki Cowart is the former president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM). Previously, she was the first female director of the Colorado Geologic Survey (CGS) and the first female state geologist. She has elevated the status of women in a male-dominated field
Susanne E. Jalbert, PhD
Colorado State University in Fort Collins… where she designed and implemented the International Business Education and Training program. Basing her activities from Colorado, she is a veteran global activist who has employed economic development as an essential tool in creating a more equitable, safe life for women in more than 50 countries over the last 30 years including war zone areas and countries in political transition and upheaval.
Lydia Prado, PhD
Dr. Lydia Prado has revolutionized mental health care in Colorado and beyond, placing care in the context of community wellbeing and addressing the connections between mental health, physical health, and most importantly, creating space that enables people to influence the decisions that affect their own lives. An advocate for the most marginalized and underserved members of our community…
Patricia Barela Rivera
Patricia Barela Rivera works to achieve unity, diversity, and equality through the promotion of public policy changes that benefit women.
Theodosia Grace Ammons
Theodosia Grace Ammons was a powerful suffragist and nationally prominent leader in an academic discipline designed to dignify and empower women which was just emerging at the time (today it is called home economics or family and consumer sciences). …created an acclaimed academic department for domestic economy within what is today Colorado State University, became the first female dean at that college…
Frances Xavier Cabrini (Mother Cabrini)
Mother Cabrini was a champion of immigrants, the poor and the sick. She established 67 social service agencies, schools, hospitals, and orphanages, including several in Colorado. In 1880, she founded the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which opened a school and convent welcoming sons and daughters of Italian immigrants. The school eventually became the Mount Carmel grade school and high school in North Denver. In 1910, Cabrini founded a summer camp for orphan girls in Golden. The Mother Cabrini Shrine in the foothills of Golden, Colorado continues to provide programs including donating excess food to the Jefferson County Action center.
Ruth Cousins Denny
Ruth Cousins Denny was a civil rights activist, teacher, and philanthropist. She taught in Denver Public Schools for 26 years. Denny served on various community boards and committees…
Zipporah Parks Hammond
A lifelong Coloradan, Zipporah Parks Hammond was the first Black person to earn a nursing degree from the University of Colorado School of Nursing, persevering despite segregation and overt racism. She was the only Black nursing student in the U.S. Nurse Corps in Colorado during World War II, …
Katharine Stegner Odum
Kathy Stegner Odum was one of the most influential women at Amache, Colorado’s Japanese American “relocation” camp during World War II. She was an extraordinary teacher/senior advisor at Amache High School, and a counselor to and advocate for all ages, especially young women. She archived the student records and Amache newspapers. She not only mentored her students, but found them colleges, scholarships and homes, and became a lifelong friend to them.
Julie Villiers Lewis McMillan Penrose
An astute community leader, dedicated philanthropist and patron of the arts, Julie Penrose significantly influenced the growth and development of Colorado. She founded several pillar institutions
Agnes Ludwig Riddle
Agnes Riddle made her mark as a State House Representative, a State Senator, and the president and co-founder of Glendale’s Grange.
Minnie J. Reynolds
Minnie Reynolds was an ardent suffragist, one of a handful of professional women journalists. In Denver during the 1890s, she used her position as a columnist for the Rocky Mountain News to advance women’s voting rights and political rights. She served as press chair for the state’s successful women’s suffrage campaign of 1893 and worked on a national scale for women’s right to vote as a writer, organizer, and spokeswoman from 1893 to 1920. Reynold’s legacy of women’s rights activism lives on with her founding, in 1898, the still-vibrant Denver Women’s Press Club, which is one of the oldest continuously operating organizations of women authors and journalists in the nation.
Mary G. Slocum
Mary Slocum was a champion of post-secondary education for young woman, making it possible for hundreds of young women to attend college. she founded the Women’s Educational Society of Colorado (WES) to provide physical, intellectual, and spiritual aid to young woman.
Agnes Wright Spring
Agnes Wright Spring authored 22 books and over 500 published articles, most of which related to life in the history of the American West.
Olibama López Tushar
Olibama López Tushar was born in Los Rincones, Colorado in the San Luis Valley to one of the families who were founders of the area’s first towns, schools and churches.
Elizabeth Georgiana Barratt Wells
She traveled to outlying Colorado towns to speak and help organize new branches of the Mother’s Congress, and the PTA. Her major focus was the welfare of mothers and children. Elizabeth’s hard work and leadership with the Child Welfare Committee
Denver7/KMGH-TV and News5/KOAA are proud to partner with the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame for this year’s induction ceremony. Denver7’s Anne Trujillo will host the gala on Wednesday, March 15.
About the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
Since its founding in 1985, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted 172 women of a myriad of 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, and innovators from all walks of life. Their contributions span Colorado’s colorful and storied history, reach its four corners, and have spread to touch our nation and our world.
To learn more about inductees, visit Women In the Hall.
2022 Induction Gala
March 15, 2023 5:30pm
Sheraton Denver Downtown