Today, we join in commemorating an important milestone in the history of women’s suffrage. On this day in 1893, voters in the Centennial State passed constitutional amendment HB 118, prohibiting discrimination against women in voting laws.

It was the first time that our nation extended voting rights beyond men—not by a stroke of the pen—but by popular vote. 

And right after making history in 1893, Colorado voters did so again one year later. They went on to become the nation’s first to elect women to their state legislature.

Then, as soon as women joined the electorate, and then government, laws and politics immediately began to change in ways beneficial to all Coloradans. This is why the vision of the Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado is a future where Coloradans of every background and identity prosper.

Yet this is not a history of swift and unqualified progress. In fact, it took 16 years for voters in Colorado to choose more democratic voting laws. The first attempt to extend voting rights, in 1877, was soundly defeated—and battles for the right to vote had only just begun. 

There are powerful truths inherent in this history:

  • Coloradans have to work, and collaborate, for the change we seek.
  • Your vote does make a difference, and every vote counts.
  • You shape history every time you vote. 

Share this message today. #HerColorado


Video Release:

I Shape History

To commemorate this anniversary,
we’re thrilled to release our new video
I SHAPE HISTORY on this historical day.

We encourage you to watch and share it with your communities. Click to watch.

Share the Story

  • #OnThisDay in 1893, Coloradans passed constitutional amendment HB 118 ✅ prohibiting discrimination against women in voting laws. It was the first time that our nation extended voting rights *by popular vote* beyond men. YOU SHAPE HISTORY EVERY TIME YOU VOTE. #HerColorado h-co.org/CO1893
  • YOU SHAPE HISTORY EVERY TIME YOU VOTE. Share this video today. #HerColorado
    h-co.org/CO1893
  • Coloradans have to work, and collaborate, for the change we seek. Share this video today. #HerColorado h-co.org/CO1893
  • Your vote does make a difference, and every vote counts. Share this video today. #HerColorado
    h-co.org/CO1893
Join the Conversation

Over the next year, we invite you to learn more about the journey and struggle to achieve the women’s right to vote, understand the contributions of women in Colorado history, and underscore the value of each of our voices with the right to vote. We hope you will join us for the upcoming Bold Women. Change History. programs:

Dolores Huerta // December 12, 2019
Civil Rights Activits and Community Organizer

Susan Helms // January 9, 2020
Pioneering Woman Astronaut

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November 7th is the 126th Anniversary of Women Voting in Colorado!