Women's Organizations - Vermont
Got questions about your legal rights? The Vermont Commission on Women's handbook, The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont might provide answers. Chapters include: Adoption, Guardianship and Emancipated Minors; Consumer Protection and Fair Credit; Domestic Relations; Education; Employment Rights; Housing and Property Rights; Immigration; Insurance; Name Changes; Public Accommodations; Public Assistance and Government Benefits; Reproductive Rights; Violence Against Women and Children; and Wills, Probate Court, and Advanced Directives.
Vermont Commission on Women (VCW)
126 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-6801
(802) 828-2851 \ 800-881-1561
The Vermont Commission on Women was founded in 1964 with the purpose to help women achieve legal, economic, social, and political equality in Vermont. As a state agency, VCW works to shape policy by educating and informing the public. The VCW works to find long-term solutions to the problems that confront women and their families by increasing educational, economic, social, and health-related opportunities. The VCW joins its counterparts nationally and internationally in seeking to help women and their families gain access to the rights, privileges, and resources needed to live in justice, dignity, freedom, equality, and economic security.
Business & Professional Women (BPW)
c/o Burlington Business & Professional Women
P.O. Box 353
Burlington, VT 05402
For more than 80 years, BPW has worked on behalf of women and economic equity in the workplace. With a powerful network of members and 2,000 local organizations across the country, BPW means business for working women.
Women Business Owners Network
PO Box 173
Williston VT 05495
The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) is a Vermont-based association of women business owners in Northern New England. WBON offers a forum for women to connect and learn. We share what we know and learn from one another. Since 1984, WBON has been creating the opportunity for members to exchange information and resources in an atmosphere of mutual respect. WBON chapters are in Burlington, Williston, Middlebury, Montpelier, Stowe, Brattleboro, Manchester/Rutland, St. Johnsbury and Lebanon, NH.
American Association of University Women, Vermont Chapter
The AAUW is committed to achieving quality education for women and girls and to promoting equity for women and girls in all walks of life. To achieve these goals, they are active in communities and lobby Members of Congress and the Vermont Legislature on issues related to education and equity for women. There are six AAUW branches in Vermont: Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury, and Randolph Vermont.
League of Women Voters Vermont Chapter
1186 Towne Hill Road
East Montpelier Vermont 05651
1730 M Street Northwest, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036-4508
The League of Women Voters (founded 1920) is a non-partisan multi-issue organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government, promotes political responsibility through informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, seeks to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League registers voters, sponsors candidate debates, publishes voter's guides and public policy research, and holds conferences on key issues. League members themselves choose which public policy issues will be target for study and action. There are three regional chapters in Vermont.
Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
P.O. Box 405
Montpelier, VT 05601
(802) 223-1115 (TTY)
Domestic Abuse 24-Hour Hotline: 800-228-7395
Rape Crisis 24-Hour Hotline: 800-489-7273
The Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is a network of 16 rape crisis and battered women’s organizations throughout the state. Its mission is to end the abuse of women and children. The network’s purpose is to facilitate cooperation, share resources, to raise public awareness, and promote effective public education.
Vermont Women’s Business Center (VWBC)
8 South Main Street, Suite G
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 479-9813 / 877-524-1998
VWBC assists women who are starting or growing their businesses by providing resources, training, and networking opportunities for women state-wide to achieve business success, including: One-on-one business assistance, classes and workshops, networking events, and a business lending library
Snelling Center for Government
White Cap, 426 Industrial Ave, Suite 134
The Richard A. Snelling Center for Government is a nonpartisan public policy institute that promotes better understanding of government, broader citizen participation in public service, and improved administration at the state and local level throughout Vermont. Its programs and affiliations include; The Vermont Leadership Institute, The Vermont School Leadership Project, orientation for new Vermont legislators, The Vermont Rural Partnership, the Northeast Kingdom Enterprise Collaborative, and the Vermont Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations.
Vermont Works for Women
32 Malletts Bay Ave.
Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 655-8900 / 800-639-1472
Vermont Works for Women is a Vermont nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to help women and girls explore, pursue and excel in nontraditional careers that pay a livable wage. VWW provides education and hands-on job training for women and girls, giving them the skills necessary for independence. Programs range from Rosie's Girls, which serves middle school girls across Vermont and has been replicated nationally, to training in modular home construction for incarcerated women. With an emphasis on nontraditional career paths, VWW participants graduate with added confidence, real-world skills, and the ability to support themselves and their families and give back to their communities. Over 80% of VWW program graduates find jobs, many in the trades. Graduates include:
* Auto Technicians
* Control Technicians
* Heavy Equipment Operators
* Police & Correctional Officers
Mercy Connections, Inc.
255 South Champlain Street, Suite 8
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Mercy Connections is an educational values-driven non-profit organization living the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy with an enduring concern for women. By compassionately nurturing self-sufficiency through education, mentoring and community, people are empowered to make significant life changes. Offering everything from GED tutoring to book and reading clubs, life skill classes, and computer workshops, our Education and Transition programs help individuals from all backgrounds and income levels. Mercy Connections is also home to the Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program which matches women re-entering the community after incarceration with volunteers and the Women’s Small Business Program, which helps women in all stages of business start-up to be successful.
The Vermont Women’s Fund
3 Court Street
PO Box 30
Middlebury, VT 05753
Income from the fund’s endowment is used to support programs for women and girls.
1241 Prim Road
Colchester, Vermont 05446
YWCA Vermont is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We do this by engaging women and girls in leadership experiences and advocating for racial and economic justice. Primary programs include YWCA Camp Hochelaga, the Girls' Leadership Initiative, and the YWCA THRIVE Award.
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
c/o Peace and Justice Center
60 Lake St., Burlington, VT 05401
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom was founded in 1915 during World War I, with Jane Addams as its first president. WILPF works to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all.
Older Women's League [OWL]
As the only national grassroots membership organization to focus solely on issues unique to women as they age, OWL strives to improve the status and quality of life of midlife and older women. OWL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that accomplishes its work through research, education, and advocacy activities conducted through a chapter network.
The Women's Agricultural Network (WagN)
617 Comstock Road, Suite 5
Berlin, VT 05602
Through a series of educational, technical assistance, and networking opportunities, WAgN works to increase the number of women owning and operating profitable farms and ag-related businesses, as well as their profile in leadership positions throughout the agricultural sectors of business, government and community. From developing and assessing a business idea through the advanced planning and implementation phases, WAgN offers a program to support and encourage these varying levels.
University of Vermont
34 South Williams Street
Burlington, VT 05405
The Women’s Center supports the social, professional, spiritual, physical, intellectual & emotional facets of women’s lives.We empower women to become active leaders in their communities. The Center advocates, educates and provides direct service in support of women’s equity and safety at the University and within the greater community. The Center serves as a resource and is committed to assisting the University in creating and fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community.
115 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633
800-322-5616 / (802) 828-2228 (TDD)
This website provides information about Vermont legislators and state government.
Castleton State College Women’s Issues Group
The Women's Issues Group was founded at Castleton in 1995 to create a forum where issues facing women can be discussed and provide a network of interpersonal support. The group is proactive and the intent is not only to increase awareness of issues, but also to improve the quality of life for the general population.
PO Box 103
South Hero, Vermont 05486
Vermont's award winning monthly newspaper dedicated to providing a woman's perspective.
DAVAR: The Vermont Jewish Women's History Project
PO Box 129
Wallingford, Vermont 05773
DAVAR's mission is to contribute to the historical record of Jewish women's lives in Vermont and to enhance the cultural heritage of Vermont and help people gain awareness of the commonality of our lives within the human experience.
Middlebury, VT 05753
Chellis House is a resource center for those concerned with issues pertaining to women and gender. It houses several student organizations, produces a newsletter, and presents a speaker series.
University of Vermont President's Commission on the Status of Women
Burlington, VT 05405
The President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) strives to give an institutional voice to UVM women. We are students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds and experiences, and we work together on issues that are important for the UVM community. The purpose of PCSW is to ensure an environment of equity for all women at UVM through; 1) researching and monitoring policies and issues, 2) reporting findings, and 3) proposing new policies and programs directly to the President of UVM.
Women's and Gender Studies
University of Vermont
228 Old Mill
Burlington, VT 05405-0078
The Women's and Gender Studies Program offers courses that explore the social, historical, and cultural foundations of feminist thought, sexuality, and gender. The program offers a major and minor to undergraduates. The Women’s Studies Program works with other departments and programs in sponsoring a variety of events such as concerts, museum exhibitions, lectures, brown bag research presentations, and movies of interest to the community.
Vermont NOW (National Organization for Women)
P.O. Box 1877
Manchester Center, VT 05255
An organization devoted to promoting women’s rights. Focuses on economic justice, reproductive rights, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, elimination of racism, and all other issues that affect women and girls.
PO Box 381
Montpelier, VT 05601
Vermont based seasonal newsletter and blog. A vehicle for the voice of the mother comprised of shared stories exploring both the light brilliance and the dark shadow of mothering.
SISTA United Alliance
Affiliated with the VT Coalition for People of Color, this organization focuses on social skills building, HIV education, and overall support for women and children of color.