When American travelers started passing through Santa Fe in the 1800s, Mexican saloon owner Maria Gertrudis “Tules” Barceló was there, breaking gender norms and building economic power. When the popularity of flamenco dance grew in New Mexico during the 1960s and 1970s, it was female dancers, set designers and choreographers often fanning the flames and cementing the art into state culture.

Those are just a few tidbits of New Mexico’s past that Meredith Machen, director of projects and immigration as well as education co-chairwoman with the League of Women Voters of New Mexico, hopes to dust off and put on display at a women’s history symposium at Santa Fe Preparatory School on Wednesday.

“We’ve got to put women back in history,” Machen said in a recent interview. “Here we’ve had the vote for over



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