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History Colorado’s Bold Women. Change History. Speaker Series Spotlights Trailblazers, Visionaries, and History-Makers Starting Sept. 15

Tickets are now available for an energizing speaker series with history-makers who illuminate what happens when women have a seat at the table—and when they lead. | #HerColorado | #HistoryColorado

EN ESPAÑOL  | DENVER — August 16, 2021 — History Colorado announces the return of an energizing speaker series to audiences in Denver and virtually throughout the state.

Shadia Lemus, Director of Communications
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Colorado business leader Linda Alvarado, the first female owner of a Major League Baseball team, kicks off the 2021–22 Bold Women. Change History. Speaker Series at the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver and live online on Wednesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. Online and in-person tickets ($5-25) are now available with more information at  

Bold Women. Change History. is a year-long speaker series featuring trailblazers, visionaries, and history-makers who illuminate what happens when women have a seat at the table—and when they lead. It will also feature an academic symposium and entrepreneurial summit coming in 2022. 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 entire nation finally followed suite and adopted the 19th Amendment to enact the largest voting-rights expansion in U.S. history.

The series features resonant personal histories of women who take risks, innovate in ways worth replicating, and demonstrate a powerful spectrum of leadership. Following the evening with Linda Alvarado, the History Colorado Center welcomes 15-year-old Gitanjali Rao, a Colorado scientist and inventor who was named TIME Magazine’s first-ever Kid of the Year (Monday, October 11, for the International Day of the Girl); Dr. Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine, who became icons of the Civil Rights Movement as the first Black students to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School (in-person only; Wednesday, November 10); Joy Harjo (Muscogee), an author and performer who is the first Native American to serve as United States Poet Laureate (Wednesday, January 19, 2022); Pat Schroeder, a feminist icon who was the first female U.S. Representative elected in Colorado, the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee, and one of the youngest women ever elected to the US House of Representatives (Wednesday, March 23, 2022); and Dr. Bonnie Clark, an archaeobiography scholar, professor, and author who is a leading expert on the complex world of Amache Ochinee Prowers, a Victorian-Era Cheyenne Woman whose story counters myths about the role of women in the creation of the West (Wednesday, May 18, 2022).

Bold Women. Change History. is supported by Cathey McClain Finlon and Richard Finlon. The media sponsor of Bold Women. Change History. is CBS4.

About History Colorado
History Colorado is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a 501(c)3 non-profit that has served more than 75,000 students and 500,000 people in Colorado each year. It is a 142-year-old institution that operates Colorado’s oldest museum, nine additional museums and historic sites, a free public research center, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF), which is the nation’s largest preservation program of its kind. More than 70% of SHF grants are allocated in rural areas of the state.

History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving and sharing the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through educational programs, historic preservation grants, collecting, outreach to Colorado communities, the History Colorado Center and Stephen H. Hart Research Center in Denver, and nine other museums and historic attractions statewide. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.