The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame celebrates those inductees who worked to make women's suffrage a reality
Colorado women won the right to vote in 1893. Colorado suffragists, including some profiled in this exhibit, then continued the fight for women's suffrage until the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 26, 1920 enfranchising U.S. women.
Julia "Anna" Archibald Holmes worked for women's suffrage in the 1860s and 1870s, serving as secretary of the National Woman Suffrage Association, helping to set up state associations and attempting to vote in 1871.
Dr. Alida Avery was elected the first president of the newly founded Colorado Woman Suffrage Association in 1876 and worked diligently for Colorado women’s enfranchisement.
Caroline Nichols Churchill starts publishing a magazine in 1879, later a weekly feminist newspaper named the Queen Bee, through which she advocates for women’s rights.
Socialite Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor lends her name and provides office space to the suffrage movement.
Known as the Susan B. Anthony of Colorado, suffragist Ellis Meredith writes columns in the Rocky Mountain News starting in 1889 that advocate for women’s suffrage. From 1893-1920, she works for national suffrage.
Elizabeth Ensley serves as treasurer of the Colorado Non-Partisan Suffrage Association; one of the few black women nationwide who worked within an integrated organization for women's suffrage.
As a teenager living in New York, Louie Croft Boyd writes newspaper columns advocating for women’s suffrage. She moves to Colorado in 1892.
Women’s rights advocate Sarah Platt-Decker has been credited with playing a key role resulting in Colorado’s women’s enfranchisement in 1893.
1893 – Colorado Women Get the Right to Vote
The first woman registered to vote in Colorado, Eliza Routt is the inaugural First Lady of Colorado and a significant women’s rights advocate.
After surviving the sinking of the Titanic, Margaret “Molly” Brown advocates for the rights of women working for a national suffrage amendment.
One of the “Silent” Sentinels”, Dr. Caroline Spencer pickets, marches, was arrested and imprisoned for supporting women’s rights as part of the women’s suffrage movement during the early 20th century.
Hazel Schmoll, who later becomes Colorado’s state botanist, advocates for women’s suffrage while a teacher at Vassar College (1913-1917).
Colorado women continue the fight for women’s suffrage until all U.S. women become enfranchised.
The first woman elected to the Colorado State Senate (1912), Helen Ring Robinson advocates for women’s suffrage in Eastern states and she writes Preparing Women for Citizenship in 1918.
Elizabeth "Betty" Eyre Pellett marches as a suffragist in New York to advocate for women’s rights and the 19th Amendment.
August 26, 1920 – The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified. Tennessee is the final state to ratify; the margin is one vote.
Curator: Jill S. Tietjen, P.E., co-author of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed American and Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies. Tietjen has been inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame and the Colorado Author's Hall of Fame.