Founded in 1985, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) was created to honor and remember women’s contributions to Colorado. These women who are part of the CWHF have inspired and impacted the lives of others.
Every two years the CWHF inducts new women with strong ties to Colorado into the organization. Ever since its creation, there have been over 100 women inducted, and this year there are set to be ten others who will join them.
They are Leslie Foster, President of The Gathering Place and a woman who has helped countless women, children and transgender people, Gerie Grimes, leader of The Hope Center and a woman who served on boards and committees like the National Black Child Development Institute Denver Affiliate and the Falcons Youth Organization and the Police Activities League, an organization dedicated to helping those with developmental disabilities, Susan Helms, an astronaut who was the first American military woman in space, Dorothy Horrell, Chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver, Fay Matsukage, an attorney and a woman who has helped the Asian Pacific Community, Gail Schoettler, the first woman to be Colorado’s Lt. Governor and State Treasurer and someone who was involved in founding the Children’s Museum of Colorado, Mae Boettcher, an activist and one of Colorado’s first female pilots, Ellis Meredith, the “Susan B Anthony of Colorado,” a leader during the women’s suffrage movement, Doreen Pollack, a speech pathologist and an educator of the deaf and Amache Prowers, a member of the Southern Cheyenne tribe and woman who helped negotiate boundaries between her tribe and Euro-Americans.
“Extraordinary is the operative word,” Beth Barela, Chair of the CWHF said in a press release. “These women are unsung heroes who have endured with superlative strength, beauty and love. They deserve to have their stories told and to be honored as shining examples of potential of all women.
The members of the CWHF are diverse in their backgrounds, religious beliefs, economic levels, political beliefs, careers and races. This year’s inductees are described as women with passion, spirit, grit and commitment who were innovators that shined when they faced any sort of obstacle.
This year’s Induction Gala will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. on Mar. 28 at the Denver Hilton City Center at 1701 California St. Business attire is required and tickets cost $75 for students and $175 for regular tickets. They can be purchased at www.cogreatwomen.org/events/purchase-tickets/.