2021 Press Releases

DENVER – The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is seeking nominations of outstanding women for its Class of 2022. The deadline is October 1, 2021. Visit cogreatwomen.org for detailed information and to download a nomination form.

Founded in 1985, the Hall now includes 172 contemporary and historic women. These women with ties to Colorado represent remarkable achievements in medicine, business, philanthropy, politics, education, engineering and activism. Each woman is a pioneer, having made a significant and enduring contribution to her profession and to the advancement of women and society.

“Too often, the contributions of women have been overlooked,” says board chair Barb Beckner. “Women are virtually ignored in history books. The mission of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is to inspire by celebrating and sharing the enduring contributions of Colorado’s extraordinary women.”

Nominations are judged by a selection committee comprised of community members from around Colorado, using these criteria:

The woman must have strong ties to Colorado and have:

  • Made significant and enduring contributions to her field(s) or specific life focus – scientific, cultural/societal, political, knowledge, etc. (35%)
  • Elevated or affirmed the status of women and helped open/expand new opportunities for women and others in society with respect to their own time, place and environment. (35%)
  • Inspired others as a role model, especially women and girls, by her actions and behaviors (25%)
  • Nominee has significant ties to Colorado (examples: lived in the state, most notable achievements here, etc.) (5%)


Inductees for the Class of 2022 will be announced in May 2022.

Celebrating the Class of 2020

The Hall’s Class of 2020 will be honored and inducted March 30, 2022, at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The March 2020 induction was postponed due to the pandemic.

The Hall’s Class of 2020 honors: Katherine Archuleta, who led the US Office of Personnel Management; Urban Spectrum publisher Rosalind “Bee” Harris; labor organizer Lupe Briseño; lifelong social justice champion Velveta Howell; former US Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton; and Colorado’s earliest medical breast-feeding advocate Marianne Neiefert, MD, MTS. Historical inductees are: Mary Lou Anderson, arts advocate and founder of the National PTA Reflections program;  Dr. Alida Cornelia Avery, Colorado’s first woman to practice medicine; Elizabeth Piper Ensley, an African American educator who played a pivotal role in women’s suffrage, and Carolina Gonzales, renowned arts supporter and owner of Casa Mayen, a restaurant that was a refuge for immigrants.

About  Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame was created to recognize, honor and preserve the contributions of trail-blazing Colorado women.  These remarkable women are examples of what can be achieved with passion, commitment, spirit and the willingness to stand tall in the face of obstacles. Since 1985, the Hall has honored 172 extraordinary women who have been outstanding in their field, elevated the status of women, helped open new frontiers for women or inspired others by their example. Inductees include scientists, teachers, social activists, philanthropists, authors, business leaders, and elected officials. To view all 172 women, visit the website: www.cogreatwomen.org.

Connect on social media at https://www.linkedin.com/company/cogreatwomen/https://twitter.com/ColoradoWHF; Facebook: www.facebook.com/cogreatwomen; YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/cogreatwomen and Instagram.com/coloradowomenshalloffame.

Contact:  Peggy Gonder, APR,  303-321-3465, peggy.gonder@gonderpr.com


Peggy Gonder, APR
Gonder Public Relations
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Colorado Women's Hall of Fame

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