Women's Organizations - Vermont

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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, and Middlebury.

Building Bright Futures


Building Bright Futures is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization and the designated Vermont Early Childhood Advisory Council to the Governor, Administration and Legislature.   BBF seeks to assure that all Vermont children are healthy and successful by improving the quality, affordability and accessibility of services for families with children under that age of six in the areas of health, early care and education.

Business & Professional Women (BPW)

c/o Burlington Business & Professional Women
P.O. Box 353
Burlington, VT 05402
(802) 862-7520

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. 

Castleton University Women's and Gender Studies Program


Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines gender as a social and cultural construction. Drawing upon academic areas such as history, psychology, popular culture, literary criticism, and anthropology, the major crosses and blends the boundaries of traditional disciplines. This allows students to raise important questions regarding the way our societies have organized ourselves; our chief social, political, economic, and cultural institutions; and knowledge itself.

Change The Story Vermont

412 Farrell St., Suite 200
S. Burlington, VT 05403

Change The Story is a partnership between Vermont Women's Fund, Vermont Commission on Women and the Vermont Commission on Women aligning policy, program, and philanthropy to significantly improve women's economic status in Vermont.

Chellis House at Middlebury College

Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-5937

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.

DAVAR: The Vermont Jewish Women's History Project

PO Box 129
Wallingford, Vermont 05773
(802) 353-0001

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.

Division of Maternal and Child Health, Vermont Department of Health


This division of the Department of Health enhances promotion, delivery, and improvement of health and public health services for women, children and families in Vermont.

Emerge Vermont


A state affiliate of a national organization that recruits, trains, and inspires Democratic women to run for public office.

Evolve Rutland

(802) 345-1252

Evolve Rutland grows professional women through mentoring, networking and professional development opportunities, including lunches and seminars featuring prominent speakers. Evolve staff and volunteers believe that caring committed women leaders are models for success for all generation and are the cornerstone of strong, inclusive and economically sustainable communities.

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at UVM

University of Vermont
228 Old Mill
Burlington, VT 05405-0078
(802) 656-4282

UVM's Gender, Sexuality, and Women's 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.

Girls on the Run Vermont


Girls on the Run Vermont inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running, unleashing confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness

Greater Burlington Women's Forum


Greater Burlington Women's Forum is a group of women looking to deepen connections around work, family and community. Forum members gather regularly for inspiring educational programs, and for the opportunity to connect with other women who share an interest in the promotion of women to leadership. The program portion of each meeting is presented by either an individual or a panel of women who are experts on the topic being offered. Following the program presentation, women are given a topic for discussion at their table, then are encouraged to make announcements about job openings or leadership opportunities, events or other items of interest to the participants.

The Junior League of Champlain Valley, Inc.

P.O. Box 4418
Burlington, Vermont 05406

The Junior League of Champlain Valley is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.  The Junior League of the Champlain Valley strives to improve the quality of life for children, women and families at risk in the community through increased awareness, community partnerships and providing a legacy of trained volunteers.  The Junior League of Champlain Valley reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

League of Women Voters

Vermont Chapter
PO Box 1391
Montpelier Vermont 05601

National office
1730 M Street Northwest, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036-4508
(202) 429-1965

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.

MamaSays, Inc.


Vermont based Mama Says, Inc. is a community network trying to improve the lives of moms and their families through support, education, advocacy and communication.

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.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England


Founded in 1965, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is the largest reproductive health care and sexuality education provider and advocate in northern New England and sees patients at 21 locations across Vermont, New Hampshire, and southern Maine. 

Snelling Center for Government

White Cap, 426 Industrial Ave, Suite 134
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 859-3090

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 Legislature

115 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633
800-322-5616 / (802) 828-2228 (TDD)

This website provides information about Vermont legislators and state government.

Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

P.O. Box 405
Montpelier, VT 05601
(802) 223-1302
Domestic Abuse 24-Hour Hotline: 800-228-7395
Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline: 800-489-7273

The Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is a network of 14 domestic and sexual violence 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 National Organization for Women


The National Organization for women (NOW) is devoted to promoting women’s rights. Focuses on reproductive rights, ending sex discrimination/constitutional equality, promoting diversity and ending racism, economic justice, stopping violence against women, and lesbian rights including marriage equality.

Vermont Woman

PO Box 490
307 Route 2
South Hero, Vermont 05486
(802) 372-3201

Vermont's award winning monthly newspaper dedicated to providing a woman's perspective.

The Vermont Women’s Fund

3 Court Street
PO Box 30
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-3355 ext 301

Income from the fund’s endowment is used to support programs for women and girls.

Vermont Women in Higher Education

2777 St George Road
Williston, Vermont 05495

A professional association assisting women in the pursuit of careers in higher education.

Vermont Women in Law Enforcement

Strengthening the Vermont law enforcement community by providing professionals in the field opportunities to enhance their personal and professional lives

Vermont Works for Women

Winooski Office
32A Malletts Bay Ave.
Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 655-8900 / 800-639-1472

Barre Office
105 North Main Street, Suite 211
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 622-0400 / (800) 639-1472

Through an array of innovative training and education programs, Vermont Works for Women assists women and girls in thinking about their lives in the broadest terms and helps them develop skills and capacities that are critical to long-term economic independence.

Vermont Works for Women's mission is:
- To move women into employment success
- To invest in girls, the next generation of women
- To advocate for large-scale culture change for women & girls

Programs for women include:

Transitional Jobs - A six-week program teaching the soft-skills of work, including time management, communication and negotiation. “TJ” programs also provide on-the-job learning for women who have little-to-no work history, have struggled with long-term unemployment, are underemployed, or formerly incarcerated. VWW provides post-program support, including job coaching, networking, and help with job placement. http://vtworksforwomen.org/transitionaljobs/

Mentoring – Mercy Connections, Vermont Works for Women, and the Dept. of Corrections have partnered to create the Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program to support women making the transition from Vermont’s correctional facilities to Chittenden County. These women face significant barriers in finding appropriate and affordable housing and employment, overcoming substance abuse and establishing healthy relationships – all key elements of successful reintegration. Mentors can have a profound influence on supporting individual women as they work to rebuild their lives. http://vtworksforwomen.org/mentoring/

FRESH Food – A culinary training program that prepares underemployed women to work in commercial kitchens and restaurants. Over 13 weeks, trainees assist professional chefs in preparing 6,000 healthy, nutritious meals per month for local childcare centers throughout Chittenden County. As a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, FRESH Food collaborates with 25 Vermont farmers and vendors, locally sourcing about 30 percent of its food. http://freshfoodvt.org/

Programs for girls include:

Rosie’s Girls – A three-week summer day camp that helps build strong, confident girls through exploration of the skilled trades. Girls entering 6, 7 and 8th grades get hands-on instruction in STEM-related activities, carpentry, welding and auto repair, and participate in art, games, swimming and self-defense. It’s a safe, supportive, girl-centered environment and emphasizes leadership, teamwork and healthy body image – with tons of fun woven in. A place where girls can get their hands dirty, take positive risks and try something new. http://rosiesgirls.org/

Dirt Divas – A one-week summer day camp that helps girls cultivate confidence, courage and leadership through outdoor adventure. Girls entering 6, 7 and 8th grades practice mountain bike skills and bicycle mechanics, as well as art, games, swimming and self-defense. It’s a safe, supportive, girl-centered atmosphere that emphasizes leadership, team-building and healthy body image – with lots of fun woven in. A place where girls are encouraged to build strong bodies and minds in the beautiful Vermont outdoors. http://vtworksforwomen.org/dirtdivas/

Women Can Do – A “roll up your sleeves” full-day career immersion conference about the skilled trades and STEM fields (science, engineering, technology and math) for high school girls across Vermont. http://vtworksforwomen.org/womencando/

Voices for Vermont's Children

P.O. Box 261
Montpelier,VT 05601

The mission of the Voices for Vermont's Children is to promote public policy that enhances the lives of children and youth in Vermont. Voices addresses the full spectrum of child, youth and family issues - from child care and access to health care coverage for children and youth to juvenile justice and child welfare.  Voices activities include:
Advocacy during the Vermont Legislative session
Grass roots organizing and advocacy training in local communities
Crucial information, advocacy updates, special reports and fact sheets on issues and policy important to children and youth
Workshops and courses on public education and advocacy in local communities
Publication of Vermont KIDS COUNT and other child well-being reports
Locally based Community Leadership Training and Youth Leadership Training

The Women's Agricultural Network (WagN)

617 Comstock Road, Suite 5
Berlin, VT 05602
(802) 223-2389

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.

Women Business Owners Network

PO Box 173
Williston VT 05495
(802) 503-0219

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, and Waterbury.

Women's Center at the University of Vermont

34 South Williams Street
Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-7892

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.

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.

Women's Leadership Circles

Program in Nonprofit Management, Marlboro College Graduate School

This program, founded by new VCW Commissioner Kerry Secrest, is now a collaborative effort with the Program in Nonprofit Management at Marlboro College Graduate School, and provides women from a specific geographical location (usually a county) facilitated gatherings over six months, establishing the foundation for an ongoing network of support.  Participants meet for an initial overnight retreat followed by 5 monthly meetings. They benefit from a customized, one-on-one coaching session, and work with a peer learning partner to maintain momentum and accountability.  

YWCA Vermont

YWCA VT/ Camp Hochelaga
76 Pearl Street, Suite 205
Essex Junction, Vermont 05452
(802) 862-7520

The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. Across the globe, they have more than 25 million members in 122 countries, including 2 millionmembers in 300 local associations in the United States. More important than the numbers, is their mission to eliminate racism and empower women. They provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women’s rights and civil rights in Congress.