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CWHF News Spring 2014

Announcing the Inductee Class of 2014

The Hall is pleased to announce its 2014 inductees, 10 amazing women in fields ranging from aviation, science, and women's rights, to philanthropy, architecture, and politics. The new class will be inducted at a gala ceremony on March 20, 2014. Click here to purchase tickets »

"These extraordinary women have made significant contributions to their fields or blazed trails in society," says Elizabeth Heid, chair of the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. "They will join the other 132 remarkable women who have shared vision, ideals and accomplishment to become inductees into the Hall of Fame."  The inductees are...

2014 Inductees

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    • Christine Arguello
      U.S. District Court Judge
    • First Hispanic appointed to Federal District Court in 2008
    • First Latina from Colorado admitted to Harvard Law School
    • First Hispanic in Colorado to be promoted to partner at a major law firm (Holland and Hart)
    • First Hispanic granted tenure and promoted to full professor by University of Kansas School of Law
    • First Hispanic Chief Deputy Attorney General for Colorado (1999)
    • Author of a leading casebook on evidence, an authority on the Federal Rules of Evidence
    • First Latina Elected to District 11 School Board in Colorado Springs
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    • (Elizabeth) Morley Cowles Ballantine
      Newspaper Publisher, Philanthropist
    • Purchased the Durango News and The Herald Democrat in 1952 with husband Arthur Ballantine, combining them into the Durango Herald in 1960
    • Won many journalism awards; became chairman of the board of the newspaper and was the first woman chair of the Colorado Press Association in 1968
    • Established the Ballantine Family Fund that promoted the development of Fort Lewis College from a rural two-year college to a prestigious four-year college, including support of its Center of Southwest Studies, and other philanthropic projects across the state
    • Helped launch the Durango Arts Center and supported Fountain Valley School and the University of Denver
    • Through philanthropy and editorial positions, campaigned for women’s issues such as equal pay for equal work, protection from workplace harassment, and the right to choose
    • A primary supporter of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood’s Durango Clinic, receiving the Margaret Sanger Award in 2004
    • A founding member of the Women’s Resource Center in Durango and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado
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    • Lauren Young Casteel
      Foundation Executive, Civic Leader
    • One of the first African-American women to head a Colorado foundation; has played a leading role in three foundations
    • One of the first female TV personalities in Denver and the first female senior communications advisor to a mayor of Denver (Peña), creating the State of the City address
    • Served as Exec. Director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation (1996-98) which supports the healthy development of children, youth and families
    • At The Denver Foundation, initiated its Nonprofit Internship summer program for college students to encourage careers in nonprofit sector
    • Developed Denver Foundation’s Nonprofit Inclusiveness Project to help nonprofits be more inclusive of people of color and underrepresented groups, which changed the face of Colorado’s nonprofit community
    • The Inclusiveness Project received the National Council on Foundations’ Critical Impact Award, resulting in Casteel leading nationally on emerging issues related to men and boys of color
    • Committed to social justice, leading on projects promoting early childhood education, preventing gang violence and supporting veterans
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    • Penny Hamilton
      Ph.D; Pilot, Aviation Educator
    • General aviation pilot for more than 20 years; co-holds World and National Aviation Speed Records with her husband, set in October 1991
    • Inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame in 2011; into Amelia Earhart International Forest of Friendship Class of 2013
    • Executive Director of the Teaching Women to Fly Research Project, dedicated to bringing more women into aviation
    • Author of two books aimed at encouraging and training women in aviation and flight instruction
    • The FAA named a new holding intersection in Colorado at an altitude of 15,500 feet above sea level after her as part of the US aeronautical system (1994)
    • Directs Colorado Airport History Preservation Project
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    • Julia Archibald Holmes
      Pioneer, Women’s Rights Advocate
    • The first-recorded woman to climb Pikes Peak; wearing the woman’s “reform dress” and publishing her account back east, she made a public statement for women’s equality
    • Joining the Lawrence Party from Kansas, Holmes and her husband were among the first to make the two-month trek to Colorado during the 1858 Gold Rush
    • She purposefully traveled in the controversial Bloomer Costume – Turkish pantaloons under a mid-calf-length dress—and took stands for women’s equality en route
    • Holmes chose to walk, insisted she share men’s guard duty and achieved the great climb
    • Her writings are an early primary source for Colorado historians, including a description of Colorado gold-camp life and drinking from a “boiling spring”
    • In Washington, D.C. she started women’s suffrage associations and helped her sister organize female clerks
    • In 1871, the Archibald women (Anna, her sister and mother) attempted to register to vote as part of the national suffrage campaign
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    • Elizabeth Wright Ingraham
      Award-Winning Architect, Businesswoman
    • Visionary modern architect who promoted responsible design by founding the Wright-Ingraham Institute and Running Creek Field Station, a model of outdoor education researching environmental issues and alternative sources of energy
    • Pioneer female architect in a field dominated by men, she designed more than 100 unique buildings, first as a partner with her husband in Ingraham and Ingraham Architects (while raising four children) and later independently
    • Designed the first building in the state with Thermomass, concrete sandwich wall technology that maximizes energy-efficiency and performance: Vista Grande Community Church in Colorado Springs
    • Granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, she was denied entrance to his Taliesin institute for design studies; served as a draftsman for the Navy in World War II
    • While the American Institute of Architects (AIA) long excluded women, Ingraham served as president of Colorado AIA and became one of few women AIA Fellows
    • Co-founder and president of Women’s Forum of Colorado
    • Served on advisory board for the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy
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    • Kristina Johnson
      Engineer, Entrepreneur, Educator
    • Internationally acknowledged expert in optics, optoelectronic switching and crystal display technology who puts her inventions into practice
    • Holds 45 U.S. patents and 129 U.S. and international patents
    • Currently CEO of Enduring Hydro, a private company in Chevy Chase, MD, that advises in clean energy policy and invests in, develops, and operates hydroelectric power facilities across North America
    • Colorado Connections: Johnson helped found the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute Center for Excellence in Optoelectronics (1984)
    • Started several Colorado companies, including ColorLink, which is used in 3D movie glasses
    • Directed the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Optoelectronic Computing Systems, University of Colorado
    • U.S. Under Secretary of Energy - responsible for unifying and managing a broad $10.5 billion Energy and Environment portfolio (2009 – 2010)
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    • Joanne Maguire
      Aerospace Engineer, Space Systems Executive
    • First woman to lead Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in the development of advanced technology systems for national security, civil and commercial customers
    • The first Executive Vice President and the first female officer of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC) in Littleton, Colo.
    • Formed the Strategic and Missile Defense System line of business to protect American military personnel worldwide
    • First and only female recipient of the International von Karman Wings Award presented by CA Institute of Technology for her visionary accomplishments in space technology, in 2011
    • Received National Defense Industrial Association’s distinguished Peter B. Teets Space Division Award in 2012 for contributions that strengthened national security by direct application of space capabilities and enhanced the industrial technology base
    • Elected to National Academy of Engineering, 2011
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    • Helen Ring Robinson
      Politician, Suffragist, Journalist
    • (Photo Credit: U.S. Library of Congress)
    • First woman elected to Colorado State Senate (1912), and only the second woman elected to any state senate in the nation
    • Worked to pass bills to establish a minimum wage for women (later overruled), to support public education, minimum salary for teachers, protection for abused children and support for better treatment of the mentally ill
    • Investigated working conditions at Colorado Fuel and Iron and defended immigrant workers who were victims of the Ludlow Massacre
    • She defended Colorado women’s suffrage (1893) in the East, where critics saw suffrage as premature
    • Her publications included Preparing Women for Citizenship in 1918, two years before the 19th Amendment was ratified
    • Sailed on Henry Ford’s Peace Ship in 1915, where an international women’s conference had proposed that differences between nations might be settled through mediation
    • Admired by Colorado women, Robinson’s body was guarded by members of the League of Women Voters and Denver Women’s Press Club when she lay in state in the Capitol rotunda
  • d.wall
    • Diana Wall
      Soil Ecologist, Environmental Scientist
    • A leading expert in soil invertebrate diversity, Wall has spent 25+ seasons in the cold deserts of Antarctica examining how global changes impact soils, organisms and ecosystem functioning
    • Wall’s study of nematodes (roundworms) and other invertebrates has demonstrated that soil invertebrates are key actors globally in the major ecosystem process of decomposition. This has implications for land response to global climate change
    • The Wall Valley in Antarctica and a soil microarthropod species are named after her
    • Wall is the 2013 Laureate of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement
    • University Distinguished Professor of Biology and the founding Director of School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) at Colorado State University
    • She was a member of the U. S. National Science Foundation Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel
    • Received the President’s Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research in 2012

The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame gala induction ceremony will be celebrated Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Denver Marriott City Center. The event is hosted by Honorary Chair Linda Alvarado, inductee in both the Colorado and National Women's Halls of Fame. Hall inductee Marilyn Van Derbur Atler is Mistress of Ceremonies. Purchase your ticket to the event here.

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