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September 18, 2018

What do health care, child care, paid family and medical leave, education, and mental health have in common?  According to preliminary results from Vermont Commission on Women’s statewide Listening Project survey, these are the top areas of concern for women in Franklin county.

Join the Commission as they explore this topic in depth.  On Thursday evening, September 27th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at St. Albans City Hall, the Commission hosts “Economic Challenges in Franklin County: Listening Project Forum.”   Kicking off the conversation, local experts from Let’s Grow Kids, Main Street Alliance Vermont, Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, and RiseVT address conditions for women and girls in Franklin County. The focus then switches to audience participation and discussion, where area residents share their experience, learn from others, and shape the work of the Commission. 

This event is part of the Commission’s statewide Listening Project,  asking what needs aren’t being met for Vermont women, what most affects their ability to provide for themselves or their families, and how the Commission can support efforts to improve the economic well-being of women in our state.  This event is free, and refreshments will be served.  Learn more: on Facebook facebook.com/events/452452808593794/  or at women.vermont.gov.

 

September 18, 2018

Brattleboro area residents will share their story at Vermont Commission on Women’s  Listening Project event, “The Hidden Side of Women’s Lives in Our Community,”  hosted by area Commissioners at Brooks Memorial Library, Wednesday, September 26th from  6:00 - 7:30 pm.

“This an opportunity for community members to shape the work of our Commission,” said Brattleboro Commissioner, Kerry Secrest.  “Brattleboro is one of three locations where we’re gathering Vermonters together.  We want to listen to the real-world experiences of women in our community, their stories, the challenges they encounter in their everyday lives.”

This event is an extension of the Commission’s statewide Listening Project survey. The survey asks what needs aren’t being met for Vermont women, what most effects their abilities to provide for themselves or their families, and what can be done to help.  The survey has been distributed at events around the state, by organizations aligned with the Commission’s mission to advance rights and opportunities for women, and online at women.vermont.gov.

“Preliminary survey results from our region indicate some of the top economic concerns for women were health care, including mental health, housing, child care, and retirement,” reported Brattleboro Commissioner, Emilie Kornheiser.  “We’re eager to hear more - and to listen.  Information gathered at this event will help us to understand conditions for women, and to prioritize our work.”

A report with Listening Project findings and recommendations will be presented to policy makers in 2019.   Commission director Cary Brown and Commissioner Carol Buchdahl of Saxton’s River will also be present.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/281254912671989/

August 21, 2018

 The Senate Committee on Committees has appointed Kellie B. Campbell of Georgia, Vermont, to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women.

Ms. Campbell is an Associate Director in Information Technology (IT) for Saint Michael’s College, and directs hybrid and online programs for the Accelerated Summer College.

Addressing the Commission’s objective, to advance rights and opportunities for Vermont women, Ms. Campbell said, “We live in an era where our roles of advocacy cannot just be our voices, but our actions through policy and change. Strides have been made, but more work faces us. The chance to carry this work out in my home state, where I was born and raised, is very exciting.”

Ms. Campbell was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont where she lived until she pursued  higher education.  “I was raised by a single mother, and surrounded by women who worked hard to provide for their families and overcame many barriers.  They were and are my inspiration to be a voice for others.  I also feel the years I lived in the Kingdom, and now just north of Burlington, ground me in just how beautifully diverse Vermont is.  We cannot assume the challenges, or opportunities, are the same for women throughout the state.”    Ms. Campbell looks forward to learning, listening, and serving.

Ms. Campbell’s volunteer time reflects significant commitment to advancing women in leadership.  She is an active committee member of The Boston Club, one of the largest communities of women executives and professional leaders in the Northeast. Focused around the advancement of women to top leadership roles across the private, public and nonprofit sectors, the club, and its members, believe that more women in significant and visible leadership roles will generate better business performance, and strengthen economic health in our communities.   Ms. Campbell is also on the Executive Board for Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE).  This organization’s strategic priorities include providing opportunities for professional development, engaging in an inclusive community of women, and recognizing the successes of women.

Ms. Campbell has a strong background in business, technology, education, leadership and management, completing her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, her Master of Science in Business Management and Administration, and will complete her Doctor of Education, focused in higher education administration, this year.

July 31, 2018

(Montpelier) – The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) has launched a short public survey called the Listening Project, designed to help focus future work on issues that matter to Vermonters. The survey asks what needs aren’t being met for Vermont women, what most effects their abilities to provide for themselves or their families, and what can be done to help.

Burlington area Commissioner Melinda Moulton, chair of VCW’s Economic Equity and Security Committee, said about the Project, “We’ve taken our partnership work with Change The Story VT to the next level with the Listening Project.  Commissioners will be surveying hundreds of people throughout Vermont to understand where the needs are in their communities and beyond, in order to ensure economic health and security for women.  I am extremely proud to be part of this important project.”

The information gathered will be used internally by the VCW to determine where efforts would be best focused as well as being unveiled directly to Vermont policy makers in January. The commission says it wants to hear from all Vermonters, not just women, and plans to hold several listening project events around the state in early fall.

When asked “What do you see as the most significant challenges facing women, overall, in your community?” one survey respondent answered, “Providing employment opportunities that provide livable wages, health benefits, and flexibility for all women, whether single, or those with growing families.” To the question “What do you think has the biggest effect on a woman's ability to have enough money to take care of herself and her family in your community?” another respondent answered, “Low wages; wage and hiring discrimination based on gender, gender identity, or race; higher expenses and lack of affordable housing and health care access.”  Detailed responses like these are exactly the information the Commission on Women is looking for to guide them in their future endeavors.

To access the survey, go to women.vermont.gov or surveymonkey.com/r/vcw2018listeningproject

June 28, 2018

June 28, 2018

The Vermont Commission on Women today voted to issue the following statement:

“The Vermont Commission on Women supports the joint resolution passed by the Vermont Senate and House condemning the recently reversed federal policy of separating children from their families at the southern international border, expressing a profound hope that the family separation policy will not be reinstated, and imploring the Department of Homeland Security to reunite the separated families immediately.”

Joint House Resolution 2 can be read at https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2018.1/J.R.H.2.

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The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state commission advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from twenty-seven organizations concerned with women’s issues guide VCW’s public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts. VCW offers many services to the public, including a toll-free information and referral service at 800-881-1561 and many publications, including the handbook The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont. For more information, please visit women.vermont.gov.

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