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Colorado Women's Hall of Fame

The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame is a non-profit, volunteer organization that recognizes women who have contributed to history of the U.S. state of Colorado.


The organization was founded and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1984 to recognize women's contributions to the territory and state of Colorado and to provide role-models for young girls and women. Serving on the board also offers leadership opportunities for women. Discussed conceptually in February 1984, it was organized by June of the same year. M.L. Hanson sat as the president on the board until 1997.[1]


The criteria for induction into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame is that women have "significant ties to Colorado and during their lifetimes:

  • Made significant and enduring contributions to their fields of endeavor
  • Elevated the status of women
  • Helped open new frontiers for women and for society in general
  • Inspired others by their example"[2]


Up to 10 inductees are admitted to the Hall of Fame every evenly numbered year.[3]

Colorado Women's Hall of Fame
Name Image Birth–Death Year Area of achievement
Archuleta, LenaLena Archuleta (1920- ) 1985 Colorado educator, first Latina principal in the Denver Public Schools
Bird, IsabellaIsabella Bird (1831–1904) 1985 Explorer, writer, and natural historian
Bonfils, HelenHelen Bonfils (1889–1972) 1985 Arts patron, philanthropist, managed the Denver Post
Brown, MollyMolly Brown (1867–1932) 1985 Socialite, philanthropist, and activist who became famous due to her survival of the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic
Chipeta (1843/4–1924) 1985 Second wife of Chief Ouray of the Uncompahgre Ute tribe, she led her people after his death in 1880. Chipeta used diplomacy to try to achieve peace with the white immigrants to Colorado and often represented the Utes as a delegate to lobby the US Congress.
Chase, Mary CoyleMary Coyle Chase (1906–1981) 1985 Journalist, playwright and screenwriter, known primarily for writing the Broadway play Harvey
Eisenhower, MamieMamie Eisenhower (1896–1979) 1985 Wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and First Lady of the United States from 1953 to 1961
Ford, JustinaJustina Ford (1871–1952) 1985 Denver's first black woman physician
Griffith, EmilyEmily Griffith (1868–1947) 1985 Pioneer of adult education, founder of the Emily Griffith Opportunity School
Jackson, Helen HuntHelen Hunt Jackson (1830–1885) 1985 Writer who became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. government
Lamm, DottieDottie Lamm (1937- ) 1985 Renaissance woman; Colorado’s First Lady alongside Governor Dick Lamm
Maxwell, MarthaMartha Maxwell (1831–1881) 1985 Self-educated naturalist and artist who helped found modern taxidermy
Meir, GoldaGolda Meir (1898–1978) 1985 Teacher, kibbutznik and politician who became the fourth Prime Minister of Israel
Owl Woman (died 1847) 1985 Cheyenne princess who managed relations between Native American tribes and Anglo American men
Rippon, MaryMary Rippon (1850–1935) 1985 One of the first women to become faculty at a university; taught at the University of Colorado in Boulder
Sabin, FlorenceFlorence Sabin (1871–1953) 1985 Medical scientist. She was a pioneer for women in science; she was the first woman to hold a full professorship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the first woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and the first woman to head a department at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. In her retirement years, she pursued a second career as a public health activist in Colorado, and in 1951 received a Lasker Award for this work.
Schmoll, HazelHazel Schmoll (1890–1990) 1985 Colorado botanist who conducted the first systematic study of plant life in Southwestern Colorado
Schroeder, PatPat Schroeder (1940- ) 1985 Democratic politician who represented Colorado in the United States House of Representatives from 1973–1997
Stanton, May BonfilsMay Bonfils Stanton (1883–1972) 1985 Philanthropist
Steinbeck, AnneAnne Steinbeck (1929- ) 1985 First Colorado woman to serve as president of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs
Stockton, RuthRuth Stockton (1916–1990) 1985 Legislator; first woman president pro tem of the Colorado State Senate
Tabor, Baby DoeBaby Doe Tabor (1854–1935) 1985 Second wife of Colorado businessman Horace Tabor and inspiration for the opera The Ballad of Baby Doe
Wormington-Volk, MarieMarie Wormington-Volk (1914–1994) 1985 Archaeologist and author; first woman to obtain a doctorate in anthropology at Harvard and the first archaeologist and first woman to receive a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship
Yancey, JeanJean Yancey (1914–2000) 1985 Entrepreneurial mentor and speaker
Brico, AntoniaAntonia Brico (1902–1989) 1986 Conductor and pianist
Peterson, Helen Louise WhiteHelen Louise White Peterson (1915–2000) 1986 First Native American woman director of the National Congress of American Indians
Roche, JosephineJosephine Roche (1886–1976) 1986 Humanitarian, industrialist, activist, and politician
Smith, Eudochia BellEudochia Bell Smith (1887–1977) 1986 Newspaper editor, Colorado legislator, and registrar of Denver's US District Land Office
Goldberg, MiriamMiriam Goldberg (1916- ) 1987 Publisher of the Intermountain Jewish News
Jacobs, Frances WisebartFrances Wisebart Jacobs (1843–1892) 1987 School teacher and philanthropist who founded the United Way
Lathrop, Mary FlorenceMary Florence Lathrop (1865–1951) 1987 Journalist and lawyer; first woman to try a case before the Colorado Supreme Court
Walker, Lenore E.Lenore E. Walker (1942- ) 1987 Founder of the Domestic Violence Institute
Churchill, CarolineCaroline Churchill (1833–1926) 1988 Feminist writer
Crain, OletaOleta Crain (1913- ) 1988 Major in the U.S. Army, regional administrator of the Women’s Bureau for the U.S. Department of Labor
Orullian, LaRaeLaRae Orullian (1933- ) 1988 First president and CEO of the Women’s Bank in Denver
Stone, Elizabeth Hickok RobbinsElizabeth Hickok Robbins Stone (1801–1895) 1988 Ran the first hotel in the Fort Collins area, serving Overland Trail travelers. She financed and initiated businesses to support the growth in and around the area.
Brown, ClaraClara Brown (c. 1800–1885) 1989 Aided the settlement of former slaves during Colorado's Gold Rush
Fallis, Edwina HumeEdwina Hume Fallis (1876–1957) 1989 Author
Hennessy, SumikoSumiko Hennessy (1937- ) 1989 Founding board member and executive director of the Asian Pacific Development Center in Denver
Robinson, Cleo ParkerCleo Parker Robinson (1948- ) 1989 Choreographer and artistic director of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
Bancroft, CarolineCaroline Bancroft (1900–1985) 1990
Cantwell, HendrikaHendrika Cantwell (1925- ) 1990 Advocate for neglected and abused children
Decker, Sarah PlattSarah Platt Decker (1856–1912) 1990 Suffragette and advocate for women's rights
Ries, Jane SilversteinJane Silverstein Ries (1909–2005) 1990 Denver’s first female landscape architect
Black, Helen MarieHelen Marie Black (1896–1988) 1991 Founder of the Denver Symphony Orchestra
Fiore, GenevieveGenevieve Fiore (1912–2002) 1991 Humanitarian and peace activist
Tabor, AugustaAugusta Tabor (1833–1905) 1991 First wife of Horace Tabor
Webb, WilmaWilma Webb (1944– ) 1991 Member of the Colorado State Legislature from 1980 to 1993
Van Derbur, MarilynMarilyn Van Derbur (1937–) 1996 1958 Miss America pageant holder and founder of the American Coalition for Abuse Awareness and One Voice
Birkland, JoanJoan Birkland (1928- ) 1996 Athlete and organizer
Boulding, Elise M.Elise M. Boulding (1920- ) 1996 Quaker sociologist and major contributor to creating the academic discipline of Peace and Conflict Studies
Crawford, Dana HudkinsDana Hudkins Crawford (1920–2010) 1996 Historic preservationist and developer
Curry, MargaretMargaret Curry (1898–1986) 1996 Parole officer and advocate for women prisoners
Finkel, Terri H.Terri H. Finkel (1953- ) 1996 Researcher into auto-immunity, AIDS, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and cancer
Gilfoyle, Elnora M.Elnora M. Gilfoyle (1934- ) 1996 Occupational therapist and advocate for those with disabilities
Long, Mary Hauck ElitchMary Hauck Elitch Long (1856–1936) 1996 Businesswoman and one of the original owners of Elitch Gardens
McConnell-Mills, FrancesFrances McConnell-Mills (1900–1975) 1996 Denver’s first city toxicologist and perhaps the first female forensic pathologist in the United States
Noel, Rachel BassetteRachel Bassette Noel (1918–2008) 1996 African American educator, politician and civil rights leader
Walter, Mildred PittsMildred Pitts Walter (1922- ) 1996 Author, activist, educator, and women's advocate
Anderson, SusanSusan Anderson (1870–1960) 1997 Frontier doctor
Archuleta, EppieEppie Archuleta (1922- ) 1997 Folk artist
Barry, CealCeal Barry (1955 - ) 1997 Women's basketball coach
Bourdas, JuanaJuana Bourdas (1942- ) 1997 President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, Peace Corps volunteer and advocate for women
Hunt, SwaneeSwanee Hunt (1950- ) 1997 Founding director of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Kennedy School, and former United States Ambassador to Austria
Muse, ReyneldaReynelda Muse 1997 First woman and first African-American to newscast anchor in Colorado
Tobin, Mary LukeMary Luke Tobin (1908–2006) 1997 American Roman Catholic Religious Sister
Baca, PollyPolly Baca (1941-) 2000 First woman to Chair the Democratic Caucus of the Colorado House of Representatives (1976–79) and the first Latina elected to the Colorado State Senate
Burns, JoyJoy Burns 2000 President of the Burnsley Hotel in Denver
Heath, JosieJosie Heath (1937- ) 2000 Community activist and educator
Lincoln, J. VirginiaJ. Virginia Lincoln (1915–2003) 2000 Director of the World Data Center A for Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Robinson, Pauline ShortPauline Short Robinson (1915–1997) 2000 First African-American librarian in Denver
Urioste, Martha M.Martha M. Urioste (1927- ) 2000 Montessori educator
Weinshienk, ZitaZita Weinshienk (1933-) 2000 United States federal judge
Alvarado, LindaLinda Alvarado (1952- ) 2002 President and CEO of Alvarado Construction
Fraser, VirginiaVirginia Fraser (1928–2011) 2002 Advocate for women's rights and the elderly
Gaskill, GudrunGudrun Gaskill (1927- ) 2002 Outdoorswoman and organizer of the Colorado Trail
Joselyn, Jo Ann CramJo Ann Cram Joselyn (1943- ) 2002 First woman and first American to serve as Secretary General for the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
Miller, MaryMary Miller (1842–1921) 2002 "Mother of Lafayette"
Miller, SueSue Miller (1933-) 2002 fashion model and breast cancer activist
Tanner, GloriaGloria Tanner (1935- ) 2002 First African American woman to serve in the Colorado State Senate
Warner, Emily HowellEmily Howell Warner (1939- ) 2002 First woman hired as a pilot by a major U.S. airline
Anna Lee AldredAnna Lee Aldred (1921–2006) 2004 First woman in the United States to receive a jockey's license
Boyd, Louie CroftLouie Croft Boyd (1871–1951) 2004 Helped found the Colorado State Trained Nurses Association
Chambers, MerleMerle Chambers (1946- ) 2004 Philanthropist, businesswoman, and lawyer
Gabow, PatriciaPatricia Gabow (1944- ) 2004 CEO of Denver Health and Hospital Authority
LaNier, CarlottaCarlotta LaNier (1942- ) 2004 The youngest of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Now a Colorado real estate broker
Mutter, CarolCarol Mutter (1934-) 2004 First woman in the United States Marines Corps to be promoted to both major general and lieutenant general
Perry-Frueauff, AntoinetteAntoinette Perry-Frueauff (1888–1946) 2004 Actress and director
Perry, CharlotteCharlotte Perry and Mansfield, PortiaPortia Mansfield 2004 Founders of the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp
Taylor, Arie ParksArie Parks Taylor (1927–2003) 2004 Public servant and community leader
Allen, StephanieStephanie Allen (1938- ) 2006 Businesswoman, women's advocate, and civic leader
Collins, JudyJudy Collins (1939- ) 2006 Singer-songwriter
Downs, MarionMarion Downs (1914-) 2006 Audiologist and professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center who pioneered universal newborn hearing screening
Estés, Clarissa PinkolaClarissa Pinkola Estés (1945- ) 2006 American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst
Hirschfeld, ArleneArlene Hirschfeld (1944- ) 2006 Community leader, philanthropist, and activist
Jones, JeanJean Jones (1942- ) 2006 President and CEO of Girl Scouts – Mile Hi Council
Lorber, FannieFannie Lorber (1881–1958) 2006 Founder of the Denver Sheltering Home
Solomon, SusanSusan Solomon (1956-) 2006 Atmospheric chemist working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Spencer, CarolineCaroline Spencer (1861–1928) 2006 Suffragist and physician
Spitz, VivienVivien Spitz (1924- ) 2006 Court reporter at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials
Anschutz-Rodgers, SueSue Anschutz-Rodgers 2008 Cattle rancher, philanthropist
Cuaron, AliciaAlicia Cuaron (1939- ) 2008 Entrepreneur and prominent Latina leader
Dennis, EvieEvie Dennis (1924- ) 2008 Education and athletics advocate
Dubofsky, JeanJean Dubofsky (1942- ) 2008 First woman to become a Colorado Supreme Court Justice, former Deputy Attorney General for Colorado
Keating, KatherineKatherine Keating (1922- ) 2008 First woman in the United States Navy to rise from Seaman Recruit to Captain
Makepeace, Mary LouMary Lou Makepeace (1940- ) 2008 Colorado Springs' first female mayor
Nie, LilyLily Nie (1963- ) 2008 Founder of Chinese Children Adoption International, Chinese Children Charity Fund, and the Joyous Chinese Cultural School
Petteys, AnnaAnna Petteys (1892–1970) 2008 First woman to be elected to the Colorado Board of Education
Routt, ElizaEliza Routt (1839–1907) 2008 Suffragist and Colorado’s first First Lady alongside John Routt
Woltman, RheaRhea Woltman 2008 Pilot and one of the First Lady Astronaut Trainees
Zaharias, Mildred DidriksonMildred Didrikson Zaharias (1911–1956) 2008 Athlete who achieved outstanding success in golf, basketball, and track and field. She was named the 10th Greatest North American Athlete of the 20th Century by ESPN, and the 9th Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by the Associated Press.
Albright, MadeleineMadeleine Albright (1937- ) 2010 First woman to become the United States Secretary of State
Greenberg, ElinorElinor Greenberg (1932- ) 2010 Adult educator and author
Guajardo, MariaMaria Guajardo (1959- ) 2010 Executive director of the Latin American Research and Service Agency
Marrack, PhilippaPhilippa Marrack 2010 Biologist known for her research into T cell development, T cell apoptosis and survival, adjuvants, autoimmune disease, and for identifying superantigens, the mechanism behind toxic shock syndrome.[4]
Martinez, RamonaRamona Martinez (1943- ) 2010 Businesswoman and former president of the Denver City Council; member of the Democratic National Committee since the 1990s
McDaniel, HattieHattie McDaniel (1895–1952) 2010 American actress and first African-American to win an Academy Award for her role in Gone with the Wind
O'Brien, SusanSusan O'Brien (1939–2003) 2010 First female television news director in Denver
Scott, Bartley MarieBartley Marie Scott (1896–1979) 2010 Rancher and conservationist
Taylor, Alice BemisAlice Bemis Taylor (1877–1942) 2010 Philanthropist
Tietjen, JillJill Tietjen (1954- ) 2010 Engineer
Anseth, Kristi S.Kristi S. Anseth 2012 Tisone Professor and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado at Boulder
Bonnema, Janet PetraJanet Petra Bonnema 2012 Transportation engineer for the Colorado Highway Department
Duncan, Fannie MaeFannie Mae Duncan (1918–2005) 2012 Owner of The Cotton Club bar in Colorado Springs
Ford, LorettaLoretta Ford 2012 Founding Dean of the University of Rochester, co-founded the nurse-practitioner model at the University of Colorado in 1965
Gallegos, Erinea GarciaErinea Garcia Gallegos (1903–2002) 2012 Educator and San Luis Valley postmaster
Gilpin, LauraLaura Gilpin (1891–1979) 2012 Photographer known for her portraits of Native Americans, particularly the Navajo and Pueblo, and her Southwestern landscapes
Grandin, TempleTemple Grandin (1947- ) 2012 Doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior
Hsu, Ding-WenDing-Wen Hsu 2012 Co-founder and majority shareholder of Pacific Western Technologies
Kerwin, Mary AnnMary Ann Kerwin 2012 Women's health advocate
Mullarkey, Mary J.Mary J. Mullarkey 2012 Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice
Holmes, Julia ArchibaldJulia Archibald Holmes (d. 1887) 2014 First woman to climb Pikes Peak[5]
Wright Ingraham, ElizabethElizabeth Wright Ingraham (d. 2013) 2014 Architect[5]
Arguello, ChristineChristine Arguello (1955- ) 2014 Federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and is a former Colorado state official[5]
Casteel, Lauren YoungLauren Young Casteel 2014 First black woman to head a foundation in Colorado[5]
Hamilton, PennyPenny Hamilton 2014 Pilot, educator[5]
Johnson, KristineKristine Johnson 2014 Engineer[5]
Wall, DianaDiana Wall 2014 Soil invertebrate diversity expert[5]
Maguire, JoanneJoanne Maguire 2014 Aerospace engineer[5]
Cowles, Elizabeth MorleyElizabeth Morley Cowles (d. 2009) 2014 Newspaper publisher, philanthropist[5]
Robinson, Helen RingHelen Ring Robinson (1878–1923) 2014 Journalist, suffragist, and the first woman elected to the Colorado State Senate[5]


  1. ^ Varnell, Jeanne (1999). Women of Consequence: The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. Boulder: Johnson Press. pp. xi–xiv.  
  2. ^ "Colorado Women's Hall of Fame". Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. 2003–2011. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Honorees By Year of Induction". Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. 2003–2011. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  4. ^ Rennie, J. (1992) Profile: Philippa Marrack and John Kappler – Keeping It In the Family, Scientific American 267(2), 43-44.
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