Always fabulous and always free, this day of inspiration for women of all ages and stages took place on Saturday, June 4th at Vermont Tech in Randolph. Keynote speaker this year was United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Read her remarks here. Sen. Leahy's remarks featured our Change The Story initiative (see video below) - read them here. VCW's Cary Brown co-presented the workshop: Your Legal Rights in the Workplace with Julio Thompson of the Vermont Attorney General's Civil Rights Division, and Karen L. Richards of the Vermont Human Rights Commission, pictured below.
Photo Credit: Susan Ritz
Read Susan Ritz's piece Changing the Economic Story for Vermont Women in the April/May edition of Vermont Woman.
Since our inception in 1964, the Commission has been called upon to provide information to the legislative and executive branches of state government on issues affecting women. VCW testified on these bills in the 2016 session:
S.15/ H.187 - AN ACT RELATING TO ABSENCE FROM WORK FOR HEALTH CARE AND SAFETY (Paid Sick Days). Link to testimony in Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs here, and 2015 session testimony in the House here and Senate here.
H.808 - AN ACT RELATING TO ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PREGNANT EMPLOYEES. Link to VCW testimony in House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs here.
H.620 - AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE AND MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES. Link to VCW testimony in House Committee on Health Care here.
H.773 - AN ACT RELATING TO CLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development link to bill here.
FY2017 GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED STATE BUDGET. Link to VCW testimony in House Appropriations Committee here.
Link here to homeschooled student Kali Adams’ Dorothy Thompson: Finding the Truth. This website, created by Miss Adams, won the Deborah Pickman Clifford Vermont Women’s History prize at this year’s Vermont History Day. The prize, awarded through VCW's Education and Research Foundation, goes to the best project related to Vermont women in history at this annual event sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society. Miss Adam's thesis statement begins: "Journalist Dorothy Thompson wasn't afraid to write words she believed in. She was called the "First Lady of American Journalism" and the second most influential woman in America..." Dorothy Thompson: Finding the Truth also placed first in the senior individual website category and qualified for the National History Day competition.