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Agapito Vigil

Added by yongli on 04/10/2020 - 15:33, last changed on 07/17/2020 - 10:19
Agapito Vigil (1833–?) was a delegate to the Colorado Constitutional Convention in 1875­–76, representing Las Animas and Huerfano Counties, and a member of the state’s First General Assembly, representing Conejos County . At the constitutional convention, he joined Henry Bromwell as the only two...

Carrie Clyde Holly

Added by yongli on 09/14/2020 - 14:37, last changed on 09/14/2020 - 14:37
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...

Colorado Constitution

Added by yongli on 03/13/2020 - 16:01, last changed on 03/13/2020 - 16:01
The Colorado Constitution establishes the basic framework of the state’s government. Written and ratified in 1876, it has served as the state’s original and only constitution. As in other states, ultimate power rests with the people and is exercised by their representatives in the executive ,...

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...

Frances Klock

Added by yongli on 09/14/2020 - 16:41, last changed on 09/14/2020 - 16:41
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...

General Federation of Women’s Clubs

Added by yongli on 01/15/2020 - 11:16, last changed on 06/05/2020 - 01:07
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement and enhancing the lives of others. In 1906 the group’s Colorado chapter helped establish Mesa Verde National Park , its most enduring contribution to the state. Founded in 1890...

Helen Ring Robinson

Added by yongli on 01/15/2020 - 16:19, last changed on 05/28/2020 - 14:22
Helen Ring Robinson (c. 1860–1923) was the first woman elected to the Colorado State Senate in 1912 and the second woman elected to any state senate in the nation. In her role as senator during the Progressive Era , she was a passionate advocate for social reform that supported women, education,...

Henry Browne Blackwell

Added by yongli on 09/14/2020 - 13:42, last changed on 09/14/2020 - 14:39
Henry Blackwell (1825–1909) worked with his wife, Lucy Stone , to pave the way for women’s suffrage . Blackwell advocated for equal rights at the local, state, and national levels throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. He worked to create nationwide change, but his contributions to...

John L. Routt

Added by yongli on 01/15/2020 - 16:41, last changed on 05/27/2020 - 17:45
John Long Routt (1826–1907) was Colorado’s last territorial governor and first state governor. A popular politician, he was elected to two separate, two-year terms as governor and is remembered for his leadership in bringing Colorado to statehood . He supported the cause of women’s suffrage in...

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

Added by yongli on 09/14/2020 - 14:44, last changed on 09/14/2020 - 14:44
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...

Lucy Stone

Added by yongli on 03/12/2020 - 15:12, last changed on 05/28/2020 - 14:28
Lucy Stone (1818–93) was an orator, abolitionist, and suffragette who founded the American Woman Suffrage Association. In 1877 she campaigned for a women’s suffrage referendum in Colorado alongside fellow suffrage champion Susan B. Anthony . Although the 1877 measure was defeated, Stone and Anthony...

Margaret W. Campbell

Added by yongli on 03/13/2020 - 16:06, last changed on 03/13/2020 - 16:06
Margaret West Norton Campbell (1827–1908) was an ardent advocate of women’s rights and one of the nation’s most sought-after suffrage speakers. In Colorado she was instrumental in the 1877 campaign for women’s suffrage . The measure failed, but her work paved the way for suffrage to be enacted in...

Minnie Reynolds Scalabrino

Added by yongli on 05/16/2016 - 11:48, last changed on 04/08/2020 - 11:18
Minnie Reynolds Scalabrino (1865–1936) was a newspaperwoman, candidate for political office, and lifelong suffragette in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth. She played an important role in the women’s suffrage movement in Colorado and worked tirelessly in other states to secure the...

Non-Partisan Equal Suffrage Association

Added by yongli on 01/16/2020 - 16:19, last changed on 06/11/2020 - 14:26
The Non-Partisan Equal Suffrage Association was the main organization in Colorado working toward granting women the right to vote . The association and its precursors were influential for more than thirty years, from Colorado’s failed suffrage referendum in 1877 to its successful suffrage...

Sarah Platt Decker

Added by yongli on 03/13/2020 - 14:18, last changed on 05/28/2020 - 14:36
Sarah Platt Decker (1855–1912) was a beloved leader of women, known nationwide for her advocacy of women’s suffrage and social reform. Her influence was instrumental in the 1893 vote that gave Colorado women equal suffrage. She later became the founder and first president of the Woman’s Club of...

Susan B. Anthony

Added by yongli on 01/15/2020 - 11:35, last changed on 04/08/2020 - 11:19
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) was a well-known civil rights activist and prominent leader of the women’s suffrage movement . She made her first visit to Colorado in 1877 to advocate for women’s suffrage before an upcoming referendum. Although she spent little time in Colorado, Susan B. Anthony...

Theodosia Ammons

Added by yongli on 01/15/2020 - 12:42, last changed on 04/20/2020 - 11:13
Theodosia Ammons (1862–1907) worked extensively throughout her life to advance the cause of women’s suffrage . She became president of the Colorado Equal Suffrage Association and was cofounder of the department of domestic economy at Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State University ),...
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