Gail Beaton - Colorado Women: A History
| Historic LoDo: Gail Beaton is a retired public school teacher and college instructor with a Master’s degree in history from the University of Colorado at Denver. Beaton will discuss and sign her fascinating new book Colorado Women: A History (University Press of Colorado), the first full-length chronicle of the lives, roles, and contributions of women in Colorado from prehistory through the modern day. |
Colorado, a national leader in women's rights, was one of the first states to approve suffrage and the first to elect a woman to its legislature. Nevertheless, only a small fraction of the literature on Colorado history is devoted to women and, of those, most focus on well-known individuals.
The experiences of Colorado women differed greatly across economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. Marital status, religious affiliation, and sexual orientation colored their worlds and others' perceptions and expectations of them. This book addresses the everyday lives of all women, placing them in historical context. Native American, Hispanic, African American, Asian and Anglo women's stories hail from across the state—from the Eastern Plains to the Front Range to the Western Slope—and in their telling a more complete history of Colorado emerges.
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