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2020 Press Releases

Denver (July 21, 2020) Barb Beckner named as new Board Chair of Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
Barb Beckner has assumed the leadership of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame following the decision by current chair Deborah Radman to step down to focus on her business and her family.
“We are sad to announce that Deborah has decided to leave the Hall board of directors. The past few months of the pandemic have immensely increased her professional responsibilities with clients that need to maintain a constant stream of communication with constituencies. Her decision is based on priorities – to her business and her family,” said Beckner.
Beckner is a senior business development consultant working with clients in engaging the federal sector and has called Colorado home for the last 30 years. Beckner is passionate about inspiring the next generation with the achievements and legacies of the Hall’s extraordinary women.
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame’s mission is to inspire by celebrating and sharing the enduring contributions of Colorado’s extraordinary women. In our 35th anniversary year, we look forward to continuing to inspire our community through the legacies of the 172 women in the Hall. These women of various races, backgrounds, economic levels, careers, political philosophies, and religious beliefs are united by their outstanding achievements. For more information about the Hall, visit


Colorado Suffragists to be Honored with Google Online Exhibit

DENVER (Jan. 27, 2020) —  As the United States celebrates the centennial of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame has set out to tell the stories of some of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees who fought for the largest expansion of the voting rights in U.S. history with an online exhibit on Google Arts and Culture. 

The pioneer spirit of Colorado, coupled with the determination of local suffragists such as Ellis Meredith (the Susan B. Anthony of Colorado), Molly Brown, and Sarah Platt-Decker resulted in the 1893 ratification of women’s suffrage into Colorado law.  This made Colorado one of the first states to grant female citizens the right to vote –– and the first state in U.S. history to do so by popular vote as opposed to executive order or legislative action. It wasn’t until more than 20 years later that all women in the country were granted that right.

The exhibit explores the contributions of local activists as they earned the right to vote for the women of Colorado, then set their sights on enfranchising women across the nation.

“The ratification of the 19th Amendment was the culmination of decades of dissonance, bold ambition, and unwavering determination,” says Deborah Radman, Chair of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. “The exhibit honors the enduring contributions of Colorado’s suffragists and the profound influence of the right to vote.” 

In the decades that followed women’s suffrage in Colorado, women across the nation stood on the shoulders of the bold women before them that fought for and won the right to vote. Members of the public can unfold the narrative of our Colorado’s suffragists from Julia “Anna” Archibald Holmes, the secretary of the National Woman Suffrage Association, to Elizabeth Eyre Pellett, who marched as a suffragist in New York, and Dr. Alida Avery, who was elected as the first president of the Colorado Women Suffrage Association and is being inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame this March.

The exhibit can be accessed here


About the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Since 1985 the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted 172 women of various races, backgrounds, economic levels, career choices, political philosophies, and religious beliefs united by their outstanding contributions to society. The lives of these extraordinary women are shining examples of what can be achieved with passion, commitment, spirit, and the willingness to stand tall in the face of obstacles. They are trailblazers, visionaries, women of courage, glass-ceiling breakers, innovators, and rule changers in all walks of life. Their contributions span Colorado’s colorful and storied history, reach across the state to all of its four corners, and have spread to touch our nation and our world.

They are teachers, doctors, scientists, politicians, social activists, bankers, newspaper publishers, philanthropists, humanitarians, authors, a symphony conductor, a former prime minister, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, a jurist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, an historic preservationist, a true Western pioneer, an aviation pioneer, a former Miss America, and a Cheyenne princess, to name a few. While some are well known throughout Colorado and the nation, others were pioneers in their small communities.

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