Who is in Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame?

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Danika Wor­thing­ton Danika Wor­thing­ton: dwor­thing­ton@ den­ver­post.com, 303-9541337 or @dani_­worth

Wear­ing a scan­dalous out­fit — Turk­ish pan­taloons un­der a mid-calflength dress — Ju­lia “Anna” Archibald Holmes was pro­claimed the “Bloomer Girl on Pikes Peak” for be­ing the first woman to climb to the top of the fa­mous Colorado moun­tain.

Holmes was a fem­i­nist, work­ing along­side men and shar­ing guard duty while travers­ing the Colorado Gold Rush, found­ing women’s suf­frage as­so­ci­a­tions and go­ing so far as at­tempt­ing to vote in 1871, be­fore women were given the right.

She’s also in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, along with more well­known fig­ures like for­mer Madeleine Al­bright, Mil­dred “Babe” Didrik­son Za­harias, Golda Meir and Tem­ple Grandin.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion is host­ing an open­ing re­cep­tion for its trav­el­ing por­trait ex­hibit at the Univer­sity of Den­ver on Thurs­day, fea­tur­ing the sto­ries of the hall’s 152 in­ductees — women in a wide range of pro­fes­sions that in­clude science, arts, ranch­ing, pol­i­tics, ad­vo­cacy, jour­nal­ism and sports.

“I think we still have a prob­lem with women be­ing rec­og­nized, not only in his­tory books but also in the me­dia,” Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame board chair Betty Heid said. “Of­ten to­day, women lead­ers are not rec­og­nized for their con­tri­bu­tions to so­ci­ety. The women we of­ten hear about to­day are more movie stars or singers. We don’t hear about women lead­ers.”

The ex­hibit aims to ed­u­cate Coloradans on the ac­com­plish­ments of these women who im­pacted the state, na­tion and world, Heid said. It’s im­por­tant for women and girls to see the achieve­ments of other women so they can be in­spired, and to ed­u­cate men and boys about what women can ac­com­plish.

Among the women in the ex­hibit: Al­bright (who worked as a li­brar­ian at The Den­ver Post), Amer­ica’s first fe­male sec­re­tary of state; Judy Collins, a pop­u­lar folk mu­si­cian; and Mil­dred “Babe” Didrik­son Za­harias, a multi-sport ath­lete who The As­so­ci­ated Press named Fe­male Ath­lete of the Year six times and Fe­male Ath­lete of the Half Cen­tury.

And we’d be re­miss not to men­tion the late Sue O’Brien, for­mer Den­ver Post edi­to­rial page ed­i­tor (and the first woman to do the job).

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is an all-vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion that was founded in 1985. New women are in­ducted ev­ery two years. A max­i­mum of 10 women — six con­tem­po­rary and four his­tor­i­cal — can be in­ducted at a time.

“While a lot of things have changed, it’s still amaz­ing to me how many things have not changed,” Heid said. “We see it by how many women aren’t rec­og­nized for their achieve­ments.”

To be in­ducted into the hall of fame, a woman must be nom­i­nated by the pub­lic. An in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee re­views the nom­i­nees and presents a slate of can­di­dates to the board, which makes the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

The ex­hibit’s open­ing re­cep­tion is 4:30-7 p.m. on March 30, at the Merle Catherine Cham­bers Cen­ter for the Ad­vance­ment of Women in the Colorado Women’s Col­lege at the Univer­sity of Den­ver. The re­cep­tion and ex­hibit are free. To at­tend, RSVP on­line at http://dpo.st/ 2mqtACL. The ex­hibit runs from March 27 to June 26.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to cogreat­women.org.

Ahmed Jadal­lah, As­so­ci­ated Press pool

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, left, and Pales­tinian leader Yasser Arafat shake hands held by U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Madeleine Al­bright in 1998.

Babe Didrik­son Za­harias won the Women’s U.S. Open Golf Cham­pi­onship in 1954. As­so­ci­ated Press file

Sue O’Brien in­tro­duces Bar­bara Bush at the Unique Lives & Ex­pe­ri­ences lec­ture in March 2003. O’Brien died later that year. Kent Meireis, Spe­cial to The Den­ver Post

Ju­lia Archibald Holmes was the Bloomer Girl on Pikes Peak.

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