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ULA: Helen Ring Robinson: Colorado Senator and Suffragist

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ULA: Helen Ring Robinson: Colorado Senator and Suffragist


Helen Ring Robinson was a teacher of English, and then became a writer for the Rocky Mountain News.  A progressive Democrat, she was the first female state senator in Colorado, elected in 1912 before any woman served in Congress or the British Parliament.  In that small all-male club she passed a minimum wage bill for women, sponsored legislation to allow women to serve on juries, and increased the length of the school year for children. Although Colorado women had already gained the vote in 1893, Helen fought for suffrage for women in other states and even abroad.

Pat Pascoe’s family moved to Colorado from Wisconsin in 1951.  After graduating from Aurora High School, she earned her B.A. in English literature from the University of Colorado and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Denver.  Pat was elected to the State Senate in 1988, serving until 2003. In the legislature she was especially interested in education and in improving the lives of women and children.

In the Anderson Academic Commons Special Event Room on Thursday, January 9 at 1:30 pm - 3 pm. Library Association members are free.  Guests please pay $15 to help cover costs of food and parking.