Criteria for Induction into the Hall
How are Inductees Chosen?
Every two years, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame inducts up to ten exceptional contemporary and historical women nominated by the public into the Hall. A candidate must have strong ties to our state either through birth, residence, the lasting influences of her experiences in Colorado, or by having made her mark here. She must have:
- Made significant and enduring contributions to her field (40%)
- Elevated the status of women and helped open new frontiers for women and society (40%)
- Inspired others, especially women and girls, by her example (20%)
The Hall receives many nominations and some women, who are deserving, may not be chosen within a given year. Nominees are judged on the above criteria and are selected on merit, not endorsement. The selection committee does not know who has nominated the applicant. While there is no guarantee that a woman nominated multiple times will be chosen, nominators are encouraged to resubmit her name for consideration in subsequent years.
Points to remember:
- Women nominated, but not chosen, in the past can be re-nominated.
- Nominees are judged on the above criteria and are selected on merit, not endorsement.
- There is no guarantee that a woman will be chosen because she has been nominated multiple times.
- The selection committee will not know who has nominated the applicant.
- No more than two women can be nominated in one nomination and the contribution for which they are being considered involved the efforts of both women.
Nominee Criteria Questions:
Criteria 1: Made significant and enduring contributions to their field of endeavor: These contributions must be exemplary. What difference did the nominee make that would make future generations think her achievement was outstanding? Are they normal for a woman in her field or well beyond normal? Were these achievements extraordinary within the context of the time in which it occurred? Will these accomplishments stand the test of time? Will your nominee represent a significant and enduring accomplishment 50 years from now? If yes, nominate her. Verify your facts. Do not make assumptions. (40%)
Criteria 2: Elevated the status of women and helped open new frontiers for women and/or society: Highlight how women were positively impacted by your nominee’s accomplishments. How did the nominee enhance society’s view of women? What changed as a result of your nominee’s actions? What did she accomplish that changed the future for women and/or society? (40%)
Criteria 3: Inspired others, especially women and girls, by her example: Highlight your nominee’s impact on others. Describe the characteristics that make her a role model for others. Explore the depth of that impact by talking with others (peers, colleagues, historical groups). Find out what positive and lasting changes occurred based on the nominee’s achievements locally, statewide, nationally, or internationally which serve as the basis for the inspiration. (20%)
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