The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) accomplished several significant milestones in 2016. We became the first Hall in the nation to stage an extended exhibit/program at a major public library. Our
four-month exhibit at Denver Public Library featured 13 events supported by nearly 40 partners and sponsors. Many inductees and leaders spoke. Most notably, 8,300 people learned about our inductees through a program or the exhibit. The 10 contemporary and historical women inducted last March 16 inspire us with their accomplishments. The gala set a record with nearly 700 attendees. Our partnership with the Colorado Women’s Education Foundation raised scholarship funds to support our Colorado women leaders of tomorrow. For the first time, we awarded three scholarships, one named for our founder, M.L. Hanson. We also conducted many portrait exhibits and speaking engagements around the state. The Hall will come to many more libraries and communities in 2017. Please visit the event section of our website: to learn more. The Hall embarked on an ambitious plan to produce high quality videos on each inductee and through generous contributions, production began on the first two: Marion Downs and Dana Crawford. With sincere gratitude for your continued support.

Elizabeth “Betty” Heid

Inductees in the News

The National Museum of African American History and Culture – The Smithsonian dedicated its newest museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in an outdoor ceremony on September 24, 2016. The NMAAHC seeks to understand American History through the lens of the African American Experience. It currently owns nearly 37,000 objects.

Two CWHF Inductees have been recognized by the museum.

Mildred Pitts Walter (1996)

Walter was interviewed for The Civil
Rights History Project, a collaboration
between the Museum, the American
Folklife Center and the Library of
Congress with the goal of collecting the
personal histories and testimonials of
those who participated in the Civil Rights
Movement. Artifacts from the interview
are at the Museum. Learn More. 


Carlotta LaNier
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Carlotta LaNier (2004)

LaNier was one of the Little Rock Nine,
the African American students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. The dress she wore on her first day of school is included in the collection under the title: Dress for the Occasion – What to wear when Making History. Visit NMAAHC



Polly Baca
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Polly Baca Was the Hit of the Parade(2004)

Baca was featured in the Antonito Labor Day Parade in
what was their largest parade in recent memory. Her
appearance was a surprise and hit with attendees. She
rode in a 1956 Chevy Convertible. Polly’s great-great uncle
Juan Antonio Baca was a Conejos County elected official
in 1878 only 2 years after Colorado became a state. Read more: Latin Life in Denver 


Sue Anschutz-Rodgers
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Sue Anschutz-Rogers (2008) honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

On National Philanthropy Day, November 10, 2016, the
Rose Community Foundation honored Anschutz-Rogers
with a lifetime achievement award at a sold out luncheon in the Seawell Grand Ballroom in the Denver Performing
Arts Complex.


Lauren Young Casteel
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Lauren Young Casteel (2014) received the 2016 Monte Pascoe Civic Leadership Award

Pascoe Civic Leadership Award
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock presented Casteel the
prestigious award at the Denver Metro Chamber of
Commerce “State of the City” luncheon. The award is given annually to those who provide leadership and demonstrate a commitment to civic engagement,community improvement and the fight for justice for all people.


Hall in the News: Women’s Equality Day

In celebration of Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2016, Channel 9 Anchor Kyle Clark featured nine inductees. Clark interviewed Betty Heid on the Next broadcast and included photos of these pioneering women. Watch video. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, Telemundo interviewed Juana Bordas (1997) and one of the law students inspired by Christine Arguello (2014) whose Si Se Puede program urges Latinas to become lawyers. Watch Video

Juana Bordas
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Juana Bordas

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, Telemundo interviewed Juana Bordas(1997) and one of the law students inspired by Christine Arguello (2014) whose Si Se Puede program urges Latinas to become lawyers.




Upcoming Events

Aurora History Museum – Portrait Exhibit from
December 13, 2016 to March 12, 2017.

Blair Caldwell Library – Portrait Exhibit from January 23 –
February 28, 2017.

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Northern Colorado – Conversations with Great Women
Monday, April 3, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m. featuring inductees Temple Grandin and
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