The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) mission is to inspire by celebrating and sharing the enduring contributions of Colorado’s distinctive women. To achieve this, CWHF educates the people of Colorado about the stories of the women who shaped our state and the nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, compassion, and creativity. Their talents, skills, struggles, and contributions form a legacy that the CWHF is dedicated to protecting. The women inducted into the Hall of Fame come from diverse backgrounds such as: Pioneers, Politicians, Educators, Entrepreneurs, Minority Leaders, Lawyers and more.
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Testimonials for the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
Shari Shink, 2016 Inductee
Being part of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is both exhilarating and humbling. To be among a group of women whose generosity of spirit, persistence, and a vision for a more equitable future, continues to inspire me to do more, give more, and be more. These women are preparing a future that knows no bounds. For young girls everywhere, the women in the Hall of Fame illuminate the possibilities, light the path, and support the journey. I am honored to be part of it.
— Shari Shink
Velveta Howell, 2020 Inductee
Induction into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is an honor and a privilege that I will respect by giving more of myself, whenever and wherever an opportunity presents. My induction is a testament to all those on whose shoulders I stand. It represents for little girls that, with support and drive, they, too, can realize their purpose and dreams.
— Velveta Golightly-Howell
100 Years: Celebrate Women’s Right to Vote
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Girl Scouts: Earn a Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Patch! Visit our page below to find out how by answering the scavenger hunt questions on the CWHF site and other women’s history sites.
Suffrage Centennial Celebration with CWHF, League of Women Voters of CO and Girl Scouts Colorado
Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partnered with the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the League of Women Voters of Colorado to offer Girl Scouts a special opportunity to learn about the 100 year history of the women’s suffrage movement, which ultimately led to the passage of the 19th amendment.
19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Girls will learn about the suffrage movement and the women who shaped history. They’ll explore how these actions set the stage for women’s rights throughout history, how the Women’s Rights Movement is still a part of our current lives, and how, through advocacy, we have the power to impact the lives of others. Representatives of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame will teach girls about the history of the movement and about Colorado suffragists, and representatives from the League of Women Voters will talk to girls about how they can take action today to make the world a better place. Girls will also learn about what has changed since 1920, as the 19th Amendment did not grant voting rights for all, specifically women of color.
Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) and the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) have joined forces to create a patch for Girl Scouts of all ages. The history of women isn’t taught in Colorado schools. Since the Girl Scouts provide opportunities for girls to learn by exploring their interests, passions and dreams, the exposure to great Colorado women —both historic and contemporary — provides role models to begin to fill that gap.
CWHF highlights extraordinary women, their accomplishments and impact on Colorado, the United States and even the world. Hall inductees are women who, through grit and grace, have advanced the roles of today’s women to levels of heightened recognition and models of inspiration. “Who better than CWHF to provide an adventure in learning about contemporary and historic Colorado women,” asks Beth Barela, former CWHF board chair and current Executive Director