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A spirited combination of business visionary, women’s advocate, and civic leader, Stephanie Allen is characterized by a lifelong commitment to the women of Colorado and to the community as a whole. Allen is known nationally and internationally for her w...

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Clara Brown was born a slave in Virginia in 1800. At nine years of age, she and her mother were sent to Kentucky. By the age of eighteen she married and subsequently gave birth to four children. At 35 years of age, she was sold by her owner at auction an...

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Larae Orullian began her 48-year banking career as a messenger girl in a Salt Lake City bank. Working her way up the ladder in a male-dominated profession, she went on to hold the highest position of any woman in the banking industry. She was the first pr...

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Fannie Mae Duncan was the first African-American woman to succeed as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community activist in Colorado Springs. She founded the Cotton Club, a jazz mecca where she booked luminaries such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington...

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In her 85 years, Mary Florence Lathrop enjoyed two successful careers and many significant “firsts,” initially as a newspaper and magazine reporter, then as a lawyer. As a journalist, Lathrop traveled to China after a commendation for her coverage of ...

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A kaleidoscope of legends surrounds the second wife of Horace Tabor, “Baby Doe,” whose amazing rags-to-riches-to-rags life story was immortalized in an opera, The Ballad of Baby Doe. Because of her passion for a man who was already married, most of so...

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Anne Steinbeck was the first Colorado woman to serve as president of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (BPW). Steinbeck first joined BPW in Gunnison, Colorado, in 1963, becoming an active member, officer, and volun...

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For more than 50 years, Jean Yancey was an entrepreneurial mentor and an accomplished speaker, touting the message: “Go out and make a difference.” As an East High School student in 1929, Yancey and her best friend, Jane Smith, persuaded the president...

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More than the founder of Denver’s famed Elitch Gardens, Mary Elitch Long had a well-earned reputation as a businesswoman. In the male-dominated late 19th and early 20th centuries, Long served as a powerful role model at a time when women had far few...

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Widowed twice, this mother of eight children moved west by wagon, first to St. Louis and later to Camp Collins, Colorado Territory. At age 65, she opened the first hotel in Fort Collins, feeding and lodging travelers along the Overland Trail and serving a...

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