Elisabeth Piper Ensley was an American suffragist. Ensley joined Denver’s relief efforts for the poor and the homeless. She joined the campaign to put a women’s suffrage amendment on the November 1893 ballot in Colorado. She was the treasurer of the Colorado Non-Partisan Equal Suffrage Association. She organized the Colorado Colored Women’s Republican Club to teach black women why and how to vote. Ensley also helped found the Women’s League, and she founded the Colorado Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. The NACW led community and educational programs. Ensley was the only black member of the predominantly white board of the Colorado Federation of Women’s Clubs to bring about peace within the segregated community. In 2020, Ensley was posthumously named an honoree of the National Women’s History Alliance and inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

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