Film Initiative

Inductee legacies are critical to preserving the stories of our Inductees. The stories of women who helped shape the state of Colorado are difficult to find. We elevate those stories and we are continually expanding our Film Library


  • To expand our  film library, the Hall will continue to create engaging films of each inductee’s compelling story. These films will be available to schools, colleges, libraries and other organizations to assist in educating the people of Colorado of the struggles and achievements of our amazing women. The goal is to inspire all Coloradans to meet their own potential.
  • These educational films will be available through our website as well as for public broadcast use. All films of inductees will be added to make our website more interactive and engaging. Help the Hall create, preserve and amplify their unique stories of struggle, accomplishment and wisdom.

Rocky Mountain PBS and the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is back for season two series of “Great Colorado Women” channel 6 in Denver. The series will focus on historic and contemporary Colorado women and their little known, under-reported achievements in a five-episode series in early 2019.

Produced by the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF), the multi-season series will feature morethan 100 women inducted into the Hall. These stories provide role models to remind women and girls; men and boys, that they can aspire higher to reach their dreams.

Click Links below to see season one films on Vimeo.

The premier episode of this five-part Season I features the story of Marion Downs. By simply choosing to stand in the shortest line she could find to register at the University of Denver after WWII, Downs launched an amazing career, pioneered innovations in audiology, and is institutionalized through the Marion Downs Hearing Center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus, named in her honor.
Her story, along with four other CWHF amazing women, will air each Thursday evening for five weeks. Here’s the on-air line-up (scroll down to read more about each inductee):



“So many women in the Hall are unsung heroes, hidden figures who have endured with superlative strength, beauty and love. They deserve absolute respect and acknowledgment,” says Betty Heid, CWHF’s Executive Producer of the series. “They are shining examples of the potential of all women. Their accomplishments are worthy of being emulated and have shaped history and transformed lives.”

Great Colorado Women draws on the historic, scientific, cultural, public policy, education, agriculture, healthcare, and social justice accomplishments of the current 152 women in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.



Marion Downs fought tirelessly throughout her career for hearing screening in newborns and the early intervention for those found to have hearing problems. Downs directed the audiology department at the University of Denver from 1950 to 1959. She became a member of the University of Colorado faculty in 1959, where she investigated behavioral responses of newborns to sound. Her work resulted in newborn screening in all 50 states and many countries around the world. She was instrumental I the formation of a National Joint Committee on Infant Screening and chaired the committee for a number of years.

EPISODE 2: Dana Crawford

Dana Crawford is renowned as a historic preservationist and as a developer. Some of Crawford’s most notable projects include: Larimer Square, Union Station, Ice House, and the Oxford Hotel. She continues to restore and develop properties around the state, most notably in Trinidad and Idaho Springs. Crawford was instrumental in the preservation and the development of the Lower Downtown (LoDo) area of Denver. She has consulted in over 50 cities around the United States on housing in historic buildings and mixed-use development. She has been a civic and business leader as well as a founding member of Historic Denver, Inc., and the Lower Downtown District, Inc.

EPISODE 3: Penny Rafferty Hamilton

Penny Hamilton has been a general aviation pilot for over 25 years. She has worked for decades to encourage women to choose aviation as a career and to break down barriers that keep women from taking the skies. She co-holds, with her husband, a World Aviation Record, set October 22, 1991. In 1994, the Federal Aviation Administration named a new holding intersection west of Corona Pass (at an altitude of 15,500 feet) after her. Hamilton is the director of Teaching Women to Fly Research Project, has written several books on aviation and has been teaching preschoolers and elementary children about the history of women in aviation with her “Penny the Pilot” program.

EPISODE 4: Jill Tietjen

Jill Tietjen is a professional engineer and has spent over 30 years in the electric utility industry as a consultant and expert witness on behalf of electric utilities before the Federal Energy Commission and state regulatory commissions. She has served as an accreditor on behalf of the Society of Electronics Engineers and as the first national president of the Society of Women Engineers. Tietjen is a formidable advocate and champion for women. She empowers women in her role as philanthropist, mentor and awards nominator. She has successfully nominated over 50 women for national and local awards. She co-authored the best-selling book, “Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America”.

EPISODE 5: Marilyn Van Derbur Atler

Marilyn Van Derbur Atler was crowned Miss America while attending the University of Colorado. A Denver native, Atler was a motivational speaker who was named “Outstanding Woman Speaker in America” by a poll of over 30,000 business and civic meeting planners. For 16 years she was the only woman guest lecturer for General Motors. As an incest survivor, her story and work has opened the door for tens of thousands of sexual abuse survivors. Her best-selling book, “Miss America by Day”, won the prestigious Writer’s Digest award. She has shared her knowledge and insights in over 225 cities and answers thousands of letters.

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