Sarah Sophia Chase Platt-Decker
After losing all her possessions to her husband’s
family upon his death, Sarah Sophia Chase Platt-Decker realized
that women had no legal rights. She became a lifelong suffragette
and fiercely dedicated to equal rights for women. After her second
marriage, she moved to Denver and led a large relief effort for
miners during the Panic of 1893. That made her a public figure.
Her local influence grew quickly, and she became the first woman
to serve on the state board of pardons. She was the first president
of the Denver Women’s Club and became national president
of the Federation of Associated Women’s Clubs. Throughout
her career, Platt-Decker was a passionate and magnetic speaker,
but her lively good humor and common sense powered
her through life. Three times a widow, she overcame personal
grief for the nobler interests of humanity.