Margaret L. Curry

For 18 years Margaret L. Curry was Colorado’s only woman parole officer for adults. She served as a crucial link between women prisoners and the outside world. Curry’s childhood in rural Colorado during the Dust Bowl and the Depression, her social work experience, and her education in music and social studies combined to help her fight for equal rights for prisoners. Previously, the only activity women prisoners had was to wash and iron clothes for male prisoners. Her efforts resulted in the first rehabilitation, self-improvement, and education programs for female inmates. Known for her hard work and fierce dedication to her average caseload of 42 women, Curry often came to a woman’s rescue, helped her obtain suitable civilian clothing, find employment, and fit back into society.