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    Colorado Women in the Progressive Era

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    Colorado women triumphed with the right to vote in 1893, decades ahead of the 19th Amendment enacted in 1920. Colorado was second to Wyoming, but the first state to win women’s suffrage by a popular vote. Denver journalist Ellis Meredith, known as the Susan B. Anthony of Colorado, advocated tirelessly for the cause, publishing compelling arguments for women’s rights in the Rocky Mountain News. Winning the right to vote enabled Colorado women to work for many other social causes including child welfare and labor rights.

    Colorado’s chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union vigorously campaigned against saloons and against the devastating effects of alcohol on families. Colorado women were successful in these efforts as well. Boulder enacted prohibition in 1907 and Colorado followed in 1916, years ahead of national prohibition in 1920.

    Discover the diverse cast of women of substance who were influential during the Progressive Era in Colorado, from 1890-1920. Margaret Tobin “Molly” Brown was a dynamic advocate for women’s rights as was Baby Doe Tabor. Dr. Tom Thomas will shed light on this fascinating piece of first-wave feminism in the history of the American West.

    About the Speaker:
    A fourth generation Coloradan, Tom Thomas holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Colorado. His 25-year career at the National Park Service has him leading projects for sites including the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Hovenweep National Monument, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site. He teaches United States History at CU Boulder and has also taught the history of the American West, History of Colorado and the American Revolution. Thomas is currently an instructor in the Kittredge and Libby Hall Residential Academic Programs at CU.

    Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.

    Colorado Women in the Progressive Era
    • 900 Baseline Road
    • Boulder, CO 80302
    • to
    • Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark
    • $12.00 ($9.00 Concert Member)