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Bold Women. Change History.

Trailblazers. Visionaries. History-Makers.

We didn’t come this far only to go this far.  Bold Women. Change History. is an exhibit, speaker series, summit, and symposium about what happens when women have a seat at the table—and when they lead. It is inspired by the ambitious, innovative spirit of Colorado, where voters were America’s first to eliminate gender discrimination at the ballot box, more than 25 years before the rest of the nation. Bold Women. Change History. features the resonant personal histories of women who take risks, innovate in ways worth replicating, and demonstrate a powerful spectrum of leadership. 

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History Colorado will be holding a gathering of scholars, researchers and those who are curious to explore how women’s history is found in unexpected places. The Bold Women. Change History. Symposium will be held on February 26, 2022 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the History Colorado Center.

The Symposium is open to the public and will provide a forum for sharing new research, interpretation, and representation on topics in Colorado women’s history. Speakers will discuss how new discoveries in women’s history are often found in unexpected places and through non-traditional techniques.

The goal of this event is to inspire people from all walks of life to approach women’s history through a broader and more critical lens, to challenge its iconic narratives and myths, and to examine the intersections of race, gender, socio-economic conditions, religion and citizenship in women’s history. 

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Dr. Karen Roybal

Keynote Presenter:

Dr. Karen Roybal is an assistant professor of Southwest Studies at Colorado College. She is the author of Archives of Dispossession: Recovering the Testimonios of Mexican American Herederas, 1848-1960 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) and New Transnational Chicanx Perspectives on Ana Castillo, co-edited with Bernadine Hernández (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021).

In her keynote address, Dr. Roybal will be discussing Archives of Dispossession in which she drew on “a diverse source base-legal land records, personal letters, and literature” in order to locate “voices of Mexican-American women in the Southwest" and "how they fought against the erasure of their rights, both as women and as landowners.”

Call for Proposals

Have a proposal for a panel at the Bold Women symposium? Topics are open and proposals are sought on all subject matters. Submit your proposal, with abstract and description of topics, using this form. The deadline for proposal submissions is November 30, 2021.



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