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Albina Washburn

Added by yongli on 10/14/2020 - 13:42, last changed on 10/26/2022 - 20:38
Albina Washburn (1837–1921) was an important early resident of what is now Loveland and later an influential proponent of women’s suffrage and temperance across Colorado. In 1876 she advocated for women’s suffrage at the state constitutional convention, and in 1880 she cofounded the Colorado branch...

Alice Hale Hill

Added by yongli on 02/16/2021 - 12:59, last changed on 02/16/2021 - 12:59
Alice Hale Hill (1840–1908) was a Denver philanthropist who helped lead institutions such as the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) and the Denver Free Kindergarten Association. Wife of Nathaniel P. Hill , a smelting entrepreneur and US senator, she created the first free kindergarten...

Carrie Clyde Holly

Added by yongli on 09/14/2020 - 14:37, last changed on 10/19/2022 - 05:41
Carrie Clyde Holly (1856–1943) of Pueblo County was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1894, making her one of the first three female legislators in the United States. In 1895 Holly became the first woman to get a bill she drafted made into law, the so-called Holly Law, which raised...

Clara Cressingham

Added by yongli on 10/14/2020 - 13:33, last changed on 02/09/2023 - 20:36
Clara Cressingham (1863–1906) served in the Colorado House of Representatives in 1895, making her one of the first female legislators in the United States, along with Frances Klock and Carrie Clyde Holly . In office, she became the first woman to serve in a leadership role (as secretary of the...

Eliza Pickrell Routt

Added by yongli on 01/15/2020 - 16:09, last changed on 09/11/2020 - 17:24

Eliza Pickrell Routt

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Eliza Pickrell Routt (1839–1907) was the first First Lady of the territory and later state of Colorado in 1875–79 and 1891–93. A strong supporter of women’s suffrage , she used her position as wife of Governor John Long Routt to advocate for expanded voting rights. When Colorado became the second...

Farmers State Bank of Cope

Added by yongli on 07/06/2020 - 16:49, last changed on 10/18/2022 - 14:43
Farmers State Bank of Cope ( Washington County ) opened in 1918 at the southwest corner of Main Street and Washington Avenue. The first and only bank that ever operated in Cope, Farmers State Bank was founded and led largely by local women until the Great Depression and Dust Bowl forced its closure...

Frances Klock

Added by yongli on 09/14/2020 - 16:41, last changed on 11/12/2022 - 09:51
Frances S. Klock (1844–1908) was one of the first three women—along with Clara Cressingham and Carrie Clyde Holly —to serve as a state legislator in the United States. The three ran for office in 1894, one year after women in Colorado achieved the right to vote . In addition to serving as a member...

Hornbek House

Added by yongli on 12/19/2016 - 15:58, last changed on 01/30/2021 - 09:52
Built in 1878, the Hornbek House in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is significant for its association with Adeline Hornbek, a single mother who started a ranch in the Florissant area and lived in the house for twenty-seven years. The large one-and-a-half-story house is also an outstanding...

Legislative Sessions and Women’s Suffrage (1861–93)

Added by yongli on 09/14/2020 - 14:44, last changed on 08/26/2022 - 07:41
In 1893 Colorado became the first state to enact women’s suffrage by popular referendum, when a majority of male voters approved an amendment to the Colorado Constitution . The passage of women’s suffrage built on decades of earlier work in the Colorado Territorial Legislature (1861–76) and state...

Patricia (Pat) Schroeder

Added by yongli on 12/01/2021 - 15:10, last changed on 12/06/2021 - 09:47
Patricia (Pat) Scott Schroeder (1940–) represented Colorado’s First Congressional District —the city of Denver —in the US House of Representatives from 1973 to 1997. The first female US Representative elected in Colorado, she championed liberal issues, including opposing the Vietnam War and...

State Industrial School for Girls

Added by yongli on 10/11/2021 - 17:32, last changed on 11/01/2022 - 21:41
Established by the Colorado legislature in 1887, the State Industrial School for Girls was a combined reform school, foster care, and prison that trained young, marginalized women to be domestic servants. Late nineteenth-century industrialization had prompted both urban poverty and anxiety about...
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