Suffragists…used letter campaigns in a flu-pandemic world to reach more people.
Now…campaigns inundate potential voters with text messages.

Suffragists…picketed the White House and went on hunger strikes (some were force-fed milk and food with hoses) while in prison.
Now…Americans marched across the country—and in front of the White House—this summer to protest the killing of George Floyd, police violence, and systemic racism. In Colorado, the state Legislature rapidly passed sweeping law enforcement reforms.

Suffragists…met in small social clubs first and then banded disparate groups together under umbrella organizations like the Colorado Non-Partisan Equal Suffrage Association that led coordinated efforts to change sentiments about women’s suffrage laws locally and nationally.
Now…Colorado mom Shannon Watts formed a Facebook group with friends to reduce gun violence after the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. The group—which became Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and has more than five million supporters—funds candidates and leads national efforts on gun control legislation.

Jessica LaRusso
Jessica LaRusso

Jessica LaRusso is 5280's managing editor.

Natasha Gardner
Natasha Gardner

Natasha Gardner is a Denver-based writer and the former Articles Editor for 5280.

Patricia Kaowthumrong
Patricia Kaowthumrong

Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is thrilled to be overseeing all of 5280 Magazine’s dining coverage. Follow her food reporting adventures on Instagram @whatispattyeating.