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Arie Parks Taylor was a public servant and community leader. At 12, she became the guardian for her 10 brothers and sisters, including a newborn baby that came home in an incubator because her mother had died in childbirth. After rearing her brothers and ...

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Oklahoma native Oleta Crain was valedictorian of her high school class and joined the Army during World War II. As an African-American female, she was forced to overcome prejudice and worked toward desegregation of the armed forces. Crain served in the Un...

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Katherine Keating served the United States of America through three wars, sailed around the world, was the first woman in the Navy to rise from Seaman Recruit to Captain (the highest rank in the Medical Service Corps in which she served), was only the sec...

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Mary Lou Makepeace came to Colorado in the early 1970s as a caseworker working on child abuse cases and an administrator for the El Paso County Department of Social Services. Her work in the nonprofit world began when she became the Executive Director of ...

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Born and raised in Colorado, Ramona Martinez, a fifth-generation Coloradoan, has worked tirelessly to ensure that women, minorities, and local businesses would thrive. A high-school dropout and teen mother, Martinez overcame huge obstacles to become a mov...

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Polly Baca has a life-long list of accomplishments as a pioneer for both women and Latin Americans. She served as regional administrator of the General Services Administration of the Rocky Mountain Region, as special assistant to President Bill Clinton, a...

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From 1972 to 1996, Democrat Patricia Scott Schroeder represented the First Congressional District of Colorado. A graduate of the University of Minnesota and Harvard Law School, she was dean of the Colorado Congressional delegation for many years and serve...

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Madeleine K. Albright was the 64th secretary of state of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female secretary of state and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of U.S. government. As secretary of state, Albright r...

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Carol Mutter served for over 31 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. As the first woman in the Marines to be promoted to both major general and lieutenant general, her military career has made history. After she graduated from the University of Northern Colora...

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A lifetime of political activism has earned Gloria Tanner many awards, distinctions, and titles. She was the first African American woman to serve as a Colorado state senator and the second African American to be elected to a leadership position in the Co...

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Eliza Routt was a pioneer in the struggle for women’s rights. As wife of John Routt, Colorado’s first State Governor, she became Colorado’s first First Lady. Routt joined the Non-Partisan Suffrage Association of Colorado and served as president of t...

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Mary Miller, who earned the name “Mother of Lafayette,” left New York for Colorado with her husband Lafayette Miller in June 1863. They settled on a ranch south of what was to become Lafayette, Colorado. Lafayette Miller died in 1878, leaving ...

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