Votes for Women: How Colorado Led the Way

October 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Gain greater understanding into the decades-long struggle by women to gain the right to
participate in American democracy. Led by JCHC member Bonnie Scudder, retired teacher and
administrator in the Denver Public Schools, author, and volunteer historian for Staunton State
Park, this program traces the progress of women’s suffrage in America beginning in the 1800s.
In 1893, Colorado became the first state to allow women to vote, attained by popular
referendum rather than legislative action. Bonnie will feature some of the women who helped
bring this crusade to success, both in Colorado and nationwide. Jefferson County women were
also involved, and 62% of the (male) voters in Jeffco supported suffrage in Colorado.

You can access the program via You Tube.

The Jefferson County Historical Commission (JCHC) is pleased to present its 17th Annual
Historical Preservation Symposium. Due to the pandemic, these free educational programs will be
presented virtually (online) on three separate Tuesday evenings in October.

Founded in 1976, the JCHC serves to promote and foster historic preservation in Jeffco; educate
others about the people, places and events that have shaped Jeffco; and honor those who
value and steward Jeffco’s rich heritage. For fascinating information about Jeffco’s history, read
our award-winning annual magazine, Historically Jeffco.

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