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A spirited combination of business visionary, women’s advocate, and civic leader, Stephanie Allen is characterized by a lifelong commitment to the women of Colorado and to the community as a whole. Allen is known nationally and internationally for her w...

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Clara Brown was born a slave in Virginia in 1800. At nine years of age, she and her mother were sent to Kentucky. By the age of eighteen she married and subsequently gave birth to four children. At 35 years of age, she was sold by her owner at auction an...

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LaRae Orullian, the oldest of four children, grew up in a town outside Salt Lake City. Her mother, a traditional mom, taught her to cook, sew, mend and iron. LaRae remembers their lovely home and vegetable gardens and “a happy childhood in a warm co...

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Fannie Mae Duncan was the first African-American woman to succeed as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community activist in Colorado Springs. She founded the Cotton Club, a jazz mecca where she booked luminaries such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington...

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In her 85 years, Mary Florence Lathrop enjoyed two successful careers and many significant “firsts,” initially as a newspaper and magazine reporter, then as a lawyer. As a journalist, Lathrop traveled to China after a commendation for her coverage of ...

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Baby Doe Tabor, born Elizabeth McCourt in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was the fifth child in a line of fourteen children. Her father was a successful clothing store owner and civic figure in Oshkosh, but a succession of fires that wiped out his stores eventually ...

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Anne Steinbeck was the first Colorado woman to serve as president of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (BPW). Steinbeck first joined BPW in Gunnison, Colorado, in 1963, becoming an active member, officer, and volun...

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For more than 50 years, Jean Yancey was an entrepreneurial mentor and an accomplished speaker, touting the message: “Go out and make a difference.” As an East High School student in 1929, Yancey and her best friend, Jane Smith, persuaded the president...

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More than the founder of Denver’s famed Elitch Gardens, Mary Elitch Long had a well-earned reputation as a businesswoman. In the male-dominated late 19th and early 20th centuries, Long served as a powerful role model at a time when women had far few...

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Since Elizabeth Hickock was 22, she was able to read and write, which was rare for a women of her day. Her first husband, Dr. Robbins, ran a small medical practice and Elizabeth tended a family that grew to eight children. In 1840, the Robbins family move...

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To View Dana Crawford “Saving the Soul of Denver” life story video, produced by Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and aired on Rocky Mountain PBS, February 8, 2018, click here Dana grew up in Salina, Kansas—a community rooted in tradition....

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Linda Alvarado, a Horatio Alger Award honoree, was raised in a family of six children. The family lived in an adobe home without indoor plumbing and only a wood stove for heat. During her college years Alvarado worked for a landscape contractor and thus b...

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