The Year of the Mature Woman

Rep. Beth McCann and prosecutor Helen Morgan are running for Denver district attorney. (SOS photo)
No matter what happens Election Night, Denver will elect its first woman district attorney. Running are Rep. Beth McCann, a Democrat, and prosecutor Helen Morgan, who is unaffiliated. (SOS photo)

UPDATE: As of Tuesday Nov. 15, almost 147,000 more women than men have voted in Colorado.

On the night of the Colorado primary, I called Democratic Rep. Lois Court of Denver to congratulate her on winning her three-way race for state Senate.

I didn’t have a dog in the fight but I had covered Court. We also talked about Rep. Beth McCann’s win over two men in her three-way Democratic primary for Denver district attorney.

“I guess it is The Year of the Woman,” I said.

“The Year of the  Mature Woman,” Court corrected me. After all, the 67-year-old had just defeated a man and a woman in their 30s.

The Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, just celebrated her 69th birthday. And there’s a chance of an increase in the number of women serving in the U.S. Senate next year.

“I like to call it the ‘Year of the Ageless Woman,'” said former House Majority Leader Amy Stephens.

Given Clinton’s nomination and some of the topics in this presidential cycle, the Colorado Secretary of State also tracked ballot returns by gender this  election.