Speaker Series Explores the Strength of Women Throughout History and Today
Season 3 of Bold Women. Change History. Series Launches on February 28 with Basketball Legend Becky Hammon
DENVER — February 16, 2023— History Colorado is excited to announce the third season of its groundbreaking Bold Women. Change History. Series. Inspired by the ambitious, innovative spirit of Colorado – where voters were the first in the nation to eliminate gender discrimination at the ballot box more than 25 years before the 19th Amendment – this year’s series features the resonant personal histories of scholars, authors, and history-makers who take risks, innovate in ways worth replicating, and demonstrate a powerful spectrum of leadership.
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"Since its inception in 2019, Bold Women. Change History. has created spaces for our voices to be heard and recognized,” said Susan Fries, deputy community museums officer and director of the Center for Colorado Women’s History. “This series allows women to see our influence on the nation's history, and embraces the changemakers amongst us who continue to break down barriers."
Following the conversation is a meet and greet with Hammon where the audience can talk to the seven-time All-Star and hear about the barriers she broke on her journey from being an undrafted rookie to the highest paid coach in WNBA history.
While Hammon’s story is truly a monumental one, she is just the first of eight inspirational speakers who will present at the History Colorado Center and the El Pueblo History Museum.
In addition to its speaker Series, Bold Women. Change History. is hosting a research symposium exploring how women’s history is found in unexpected places and through non-traditional techniques, as well as a summit featuring women leaders from many fields who show up, create, disrupt, and transform our communities.
Full Bold Women. Change History. Season 3 Schedule:
Women’s History Symposium: Share. Learn. Discover. | Denver, CO History Colorado Center and Online | March 11, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets ($30-35) and additional information are available here.
The Women’s History Symposium is a gathering of scholars that will explore how women’s history is found in unexpected places and through non-traditional techniques. The day will feature multiple panel discussions, presentations, lunch, and a keynote from Claire Oberon Garcia, Professor of English at Colorado College. This forum for sharing new research, interpretation, representation, and newly collected artifacts and archives is designed for educators, museum professionals, researchers, and individuals from all walks of life.
Accessible pricing discounts are available for the Women’s History Symposium. Please use this discount code Access40 if you are experiencing financial hardship and the price of the ticket is a barrier to your participation (i.e. students, no or low income households).
Bold Beverages & Bolder Women Bus Tour: Explore. Immerse. Connect. | Denver, CO History Colorado Center | March 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets ($115-135) and additional information are available here.
Bold women change history for themselves and their communities. Join us as we visit a tea shop, cafe and brewery where they serve social justice advocacy with their delicious food and drinks. TeaLee’s Teashop, in Historic Five Points, is a Black-woman-owned shop, proudly serving the community as an afro-centric gathering spot. Convivio Cafe is a bilingual, Guatemalan, immigrant- and woman-owned cafe in Denver. Sourced from farmers and communities in Guatemala, Convivio advocates for their community in Denver and at home. Lastly, Goldspot Brewing Company is a queer, woman-owned brewery dedicated to creating safe and inclusive spaces for everyone.
Ticket price includes coach transportation, professional guide plus teas, coffee, snacks, lunch and an optional beer tasting. We will also have a brief tour of Five Points, and opportunities to listen to memory-project recordings from residents of North Denver and to hear about the history of women in beer. Registration for this event closes March 6.
Susan Hudson: Navajo/Diné Quilter & Activist Storyteller | Denver, CO El Pueblo History Museum and Online | April 1, 12 – 1 p.m. Tickets are free for this event but RSVP is required. Susan Hudson, Kin Yaa’aanii born for Desch’íinii is a renowned quilter from the Navajo Nation in Springs Sheep, New Mexico. Hudson's activism lies in her quilts that tell stories of her ancestors' experiences of the Long Walk and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women that are not always welcome in Native American art collections, but she creates them anyway. Hudson has been commissioned to create quilts for the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Her dreams of her ancestors inspire her to create new stories in her quilts turning this artform to activism.
Alicia Garza: Author, Political Strategist & Freedom Dreamer | Denver, CO History Colorado Center and Online | April 22, 6 – 7 p.m. Tickets ($10-15) and additional information are available here. Alicia Garza, founder and principal of Black Futures Lab and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, will discuss her book, The Purpose of Power, and the possibilities that movements hold for our collective future. Garza will also discuss what she learned from years of bringing people together to effect change and how she created a paradigm for addressing inequities when established avenues fail. This presentation is the keynote for The Bold Women. Change History. Summit and will be followed by a book signing.
Bold Women. Change History. The Summit: Create. Lead. Shape. | Denver, CO History Colorado Center and Online | April 22, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Tickets ($50-75) and additional information are available here. Bold Women. Change History. The Summit is a one-day gathering that highlights the power of women to create our future, lead our present, and shape our history. This interactive day features bold women who take risks, innovate in ways worth replicating, and demonstrate a powerful spectrum of leadership. In short and energizing talks, women leaders from many fields will share how they show up, create, disrupt, and transform our communities.
Accessible pricing discounts are available for the Bold Women. Change History. The Summit. Please use this discount code Access40 if you are experiencing financial hardship and the price of the ticket is a barrier to your participation (i.e. students, no or low income households).
Lisa Sasaki: Director, Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum | Denver, CO History Colorado Center and Online | May 24, 7 – 8 p.m. Tickets ($10-15) and additional information are available here.
Established by Congress in late 2020, the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum advances the understanding of women’s contributions to various fields throughout history that have influenced the direction of the United States. Director Lisa Sasaki will share how she is guiding the museum’s collaboration efforts with other museums and educational institutions to expand scholarly research, public programs, digital content, collections, and more in recognition of diverse perspectives on women’s history and contributions.
Karen Roybal: Professor, Author & Borderlands Scholar | Denver, CO El Pueblo History Museum and Online | June 8, 6 – 7 p.m. Tickets are free for this event but RSVP is required.
Borderlands expert Karen Roybal shares her groundbreaking scholarship on the impact of colonization, Westward expansion, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on women’s rights in Colorado. Dr. Roybal’s work has used innovative research methods to recover women’s histories often erased from the archives. This presentation coincides with the opening of the More Than Place: Colorado, Women, and Land exhibition at El Pueblo History Museum.
Susan Lee Johnson & Charlene Garcia Simms: Borderlands Scholars & Researchers | Denver, CO History Colorado Center and Online | September 27, 7 – 8 p.m. Tickets ($10-15) and additional information are available here.
Librarian and genealogist Charlene Garcia Simms and historian Susan Lee Johnson discuss the fascinating life of Josefa Jaramillo, the third wife of frontiersman Christopher “Kit” Carson, and the network of women who helped her survive the turbulent times in New Mexico prior to the Mexican American War and after. Garcia Simms, a relation of Josefa Jaramillo, and Johnson, author of Writing Kit Carson: Fallen Heroes in a Changing West, have spent years researching her story to ensure that she would no longer be overshadowed by her husband's famous name as they work to recover a more inclusive western past.
Robin Wall Kimmerer: Scientist, Author & Professor | Denver, CO History Colorado Center and Online | October 12, 7 – 8 p.m. Tickets ($10-15) and additional information are available here.
Celebrated author, Robin Wall Kimmerer will discuss her bestselling book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. A book signing will follow her presentation.
About Bold Women. Change History.
We didn’t come this far only to go this far. Bold Women. Change History. is a series of events and programs 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 the first in the nation to eliminate gender discrimination at the ballot box, more than 25 years before the 19th Amendment. Back for a third season, Bold Women. Change History. features the resonant personal histories of women, past and present, who take risks, innovate in ways worth replicating, and demonstrate a powerful spectrum of leadership.
Bold Women. Change History. is a collaborative effort between History Colorado and our sponsors: Bank of America; Cathey and Dick Finlon; CBS Colorado; and Rose Women’s Hospital at Rose Medical Center.
Tickets and more information: h-co.org/BoldWomen
Bold Women. Change History. is sponsored by: Bank of America, Cathey and Dick Finlon, CBS Colorado, and Rose Women’s Hospital at Rose Medical Center.
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 143-year-old institution that operates eleven 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 one of the nation’s largest state funded preservation programs of its kind. More than 70% of SHF grants are allocated in rural areas of the state. Additionally, the offices of the State Archaeologist and the State Historic Preservation Officer are part of History Colorado.
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 ten other museums and historic attractions statewide. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. Visit HistoryColorado.org, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.