This Day in History: 1894-11-06

The first women to serve in any state legislature were Clara Cressingham, and Frances S. Klock, from Denver, and Carrie C. Holly, from Vineland in Pueblo County, who were all elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives in in 1894, the year after women in Colorado obtained the right to vote through popular election.

“Carrie introduced the first bill by a woman to the Colorado legislature. The bill increased a girls age of consent from 16 to 18. The bill passed and was signed by the governor after contentious debate. Carrie supported bills for “local options” to regulate the sale of liquor, and giving mothers the same rights to their children as fathers.”  You can read more about Carrie C. Holly here.