New Denver exhibit celebrates Colorado women

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To celebrate its one-year anniversary, the Center for Colorado Women’s History opened Women/Work/Justice, a new exhibit highlighting the work of women who made change in the state.

The exhibit doesn’t just focus just on women in politics, center director Jillian Allison said. It also looks at some of the untold stories from workers and women who fought for change. She hopes these stories will be inspiring for the people who walk in the doors of the museum, which first opened in the Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock St., in March of last year.

“We wanted to take time to focus on the ways women impacted their community outside of the polling place,” she said. “I hope that we can sort of show that change is within our grasp, that these things are not impossible.”

The exhibit features seven stories featuring women, including the Laundry Girls Law of 1912, which ensured that women were only working eight-hour work days. The women’s stories are lined up on plaques in the lobby of Byers-Evans. People who attend the museum start in that room before going on tours of the house. The gallery space is free to visit. Tours of the house are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

Tours also highlight the group of women who lived in the Byers-Evans house and their contributions to Denver, Allison said.

The Evans family lived in the home for 92 years, Allison said, adding that the family donated the house to become a museum. The family also donated almost everything inside the house.

The museum is run by History Colorado. Ann Evans lived in the house for 40 years and helped to found the Denver Art Museum and was the first woman president of the library commission.

“Part of the reason to do it here is that there were so many inspirational women who lived in this house and, also, untold stories,” Allison said. “The women who worked in this house also have really interesting stories to explore.”

Exhibits at the Center for Colorado Women’s History also tie in to events, Allison said. The museum will be hosting a talk on equal pay for women. In 2020, the museum will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Women/Work/Justice will be on display at the Center for Colorado Women’s History until March 1, 2020.

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