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Colorado Women’s Vote Centennial Symposium

In conjunction with the Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado // 2020, History Colorado will be holding the Colorado Women’s Vote Centennial Symposium on February 22, 2020, from 8 am to 5 pm at the History Colorado Center.

Panel topics and proposals can be submitted below. The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2020.


The symposium is open to the public and seeks to impact the community by providing a forum for sharing new research and creative work on the topic of women’s suffrage, examining the interpretation and representation of the movement, and sharing newly collected artifacts and archives. The mission of this event is to inspire educators, museum professionals, researchers, artists, writers and individuals from all walks of life to approach women’s suffrage history with a broader and more critical lens, to challenge the iconic narratives and myths often associated with this history and to examine the intersections of race, gender, socio-economic conditions, religion and citizenship in the Colorado and national women’s suffrage campaign.

Topic Suggestions:

Topics are open and proposals are sought on all subject matter encompassing the theme of the symposium. Proposals can include a group of speakers on one topic or individually submitted, and panels will be assembled accordingly.

Topic suggestions include but are not limited to: factors that led to women’s suffrage in Colorado in 1893, Native American women and voting rights in Colorado, divisive and racist strategies in the women’s suffrage movement and the lasting impacts of these strategies, the effects of women voters and politicians in the decades after 1893, points of racial integration and segregation within Colorado’s suffrage campaign, Colorado Populism, Labor Unions, voting place conditions from the 1800s to today, etc.

Panel Format:

Panels will last approximately 75 minutes and consist of 3 to 4 speakers. Each presenter will each have about 15-20 mins with time reserved for Q&A.

About the Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado//2020:

The Nineteenth Amendment, which states “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex”, was ratified and adopted in 1920. In anticipation of the centennial of this historic moment, former governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order creating the Women’s Vote Centennial Commission. The Commission and History Colorado lead efforts, together with community partners statewide, to bridge the gap from recognizing the importance of history to understanding how it impacts the here and now.

The Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado//2020 gives multi-generational audiences the opportunity to learn about the journey and struggle to achieve voting rights, understand the contributions of women in Colorado history, and underscore the value of each of our voices with the right to vote.

Submission Process: