VCW In the News

October 2018

Vt. Commission On Women Hears Health Care, Economic Concerns In State Survey  (Morning Edition | Vermont Public Radio, 10/10/18)
What are the main concerns of women in Vermont and which of their needs are not being met? Those are some of the central questions the Vermont Commission on Women is asking residents in a listening project that's been going on for several months.

 

September 2018

The Hidden Side of Women’s Lives in Our Community (Keene Sentinal, 9/24/18)
 6 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro

Vermont Commission on Women’s Listening Project Events in Brattleboro and St. Albans Sept 26 & 27  (Vermont Biz, 9/22/18)
What do health care, child care, paid family and medical leave, mental health and retirement 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 our state. The Commission will focus on these and other topics at two upcoming events in St. Albans and in Brattleboro.

Are the needs of Vermont women being met?  (Brattleboro Reformer, 9/21/18)
September 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Brooks Memorial Library, the Vermont Commission on Women presents "The Hidden Side of Women's Lives in Our Community.

Sharing The "Hidden Side Of Women's Lives": The Vermont Commission On Women Hold Listening Tour  (WKVT Radio | Green Mountain Mornings | Soundcloud Podcast, 9/18/18)
The Vermont Commission on Women will be in Brattleboro, September 26. What do women care about? What do they struggle with? How can the Commission foster change?

Morning Discussions Encourage Mindfulness  (Stowe Today, 9/13/18)
Stowe's first Mindful Mornings talk took place in July, and featured Cary Brown of the Vermont Commission on Women, who spoke on justice.

VT Listening Project: The Hidden Side of Women’s Lives in Our Community (iBrattleboro)
Join Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 26 at 6 pm as the Vermont Commission on Women presents: The Hidden Side of Women’s Lives, a special event highlighting their statewide listening project, which is designed to help voice the concerns of women around the state. Brattleboro Commissioner Emilie Kornheiser and Saxtons River Commissioner Carol Buchdahl will be present, as well as Commission Director Cary Brown.

The Go Far Blog from Union Bank  9/19/18  (Union Bank, 9/19/18)
Women-owned businesses are crucial to the growth of Vermont’s economy. According to recent figures from Vermont’s Commission on Women, there are 23,417 women-owned businesses in the Green Mountain State, with a total of 36,326 employees and approximately $2.2 billion in annual revenue between them.

Survey Digs Deep Into Factors Influencing Women’s Lives (Rutland Herald 9/1/18)
The project is soliciting views of Vermont women and men, asking them to weigh in on the most important economic and social issues that affect the lives of women and their families. The goal is to establish a set of policy goals to present to state lawmakers when they return to work in January.

Kellie Campbell Appointed to Commission on Women (Rutland Herald 9/1/18)
Campbell is an associate director in IT for Saint Michael’s College, and directs hybrid and online programs for the Accelerated Summer College.

 

August 2018

‘Manhood’ Should Not Mean What It Does Now  (Stowe Today, 8/30/18)
It’s important to remember that the frequency of false reports of sexual harassment and assault are extremely low. The risks and often the price paid by survivors who speak out are great.

NEK Native Appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women (Caledonian Record, 8/25/18)
“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.”

Kellie B. Campbell of Georgia Appointed to Vermont Commission on Women (VTDigger, 8/23/18)
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.

Kellie Campbell of Georgia appointed to Vermont Commission on Women (Vermont Business Magazine, 8/22/18)
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.”

Vermont Women: Are Your Housing Needs Being Met? (CVOEO’s Thriving Communities, 8/18)
The Vermont Commission on Women is seeking feedback on issues that matter most to Vermont women. The Listening Project survey asks what needs aren’t being met, what most affects women’s abilities to provide for themselves or their families, and what can be done to help. This is an opportunity to share your thoughts on all types of issues, including housing. To post your comments, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vcw2018listeningproject

Vermont Commission on Women Launches Survey to Focus on Vermont Women’s Issues  (VTDigger, 8/10/18)
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.

The State of Women's Lives in Vermont  (WKVT Radio | Green Mountain Mornings | Soundcloud Podcast,  8/9/18)
Brattleboro area VCW Commissioner Emilie Kornheiser discusses VCW’s Listening Project.

Stuart Seeks A Return To The Statehouse (Brattleboro Reformer, 8/9/18)
Stuart participated in an effort to get the Vermont Commission on Women to look at places where women are working but also not working. The idea, she said, is to get females into well-paid positions and possibly alternative careers.  "That data will be ready in January of 2019," she said. "And that was a first step in trying to solve the problem of women being well represented in certain industries."

Vermont Bans 'No Rehire' Clauses  (Society for Human Resource Management, SHRM.org, 8/7/18)
..."We're following that line of thinking and looking at this [law] as way to ensure fairness, particularly in a small state like ours," Brown said. "The repercussions could be significant to somebody signing one of these agreements and then finding their local employment options severely curtailed. There are only so many jobs people can choose from, and only so many employers available. A lot of our employers are retail and restaurant chains and franchises."

 

July 2018

Listening Project Guides Future Work Of Vermont Commission On Women (Caledonian Record, 7/31/18)

Women Take Charge in Bristol  (Addison Independent, 7/26/18)
...according to the 2016 Status Report on Women's Business Ownership and the Vermont Economy released by advocacy group Change the Story.

In A Move To Empower Victims Of Sexual Harassment, Vermont Law Takes Aim At Common Legal Practice  (PBS NewsHour, 7/22/18)
A new law that went into effect in Vermont this month sheds light on a a little-known legal practice in private sexual harassment settlements that some say punishes the victim... said Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Women's Commission

Employers In These 3 States Just Leapt Ahead In The Talent Race (Fast Company, 7/1/18)
By closing the gender pay gap, companies gain an edge in hiring and retaining women. Laws aimed at doing that take effect in three states today.

The Business Peer Exchange Changes the Story  (VT Woman, Summer 2018)
For almost three years, some of Vermont’s most progressive, socially responsible employers have been putting their heads together to root out gender bias and make our state one of the best places for women (and men) to work.

 

June 2018

VT Commission on Women Seeks Public Input (Valley News, 6/29/18)
Called the Listening Project, the survey asks what needs aren’t being met for Vermont women, what most affects their abilities to provide for themselves or their families and what can be done to help.

Vermont's 2017-2018 Legislative Session - What Did It Mean for Women?  (WKVT Radio | Green Mountain Mornings | Soundcloud Podcast,  6/28/18)
Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, outlines legislation of note for women. She also touches on the buzz issue: affordability.

State Agencies Team Up To Promote Legal Protections For Pregnant Workers (Vermont Public Radio, 6/22/18)
Several state agencies in Vermont are teaming up to promote new legal protections for pregnant workers. The new state law — which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018 — protects workers who ask for "reasonable accommodations” related to pregnancy.

Vermont Commission on Women: the Listening Project  (WOOL.fm, 6/18/18)
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) has launched a short survey (called the Listening Project) designed to help them focus their future work on issues that matter to Vermonters. The survey asks what needs aren’t being met for Vermont women, what most affects their abilities to provide for themselves or their families, and what can be done to help.

As Grads Face Future, Feds Rip Families Apart  (Stowe Today,  6/21/18) 
Lisa Senecal is co-founder of The Maren Group, a writer, and member of the Vermont Commission on Women. She lives in Stowe and is a Vermont ...

Inntopia's reputation in Vermont challenged after harassment allegations  (Burlington Free Press, 6/11/18)
Inntopia also signed Vermont's equal pay compact, a pledge to close the gender wage gap. Allegations raised in recent weeks have challenged Inntopia's claims about itself — particularly regarding women. Two women, Alison Miley and Lisa Senecal, have alleged sexual misconduct by a former president at the company.

#MeToo in Vermont: Stowe woman speaks about what going public is like in a small town (Burlington Free Press, 6/7/18)
Senecal, who was recently appointed by Gov. Phil Scott to Vermont's Commission on Women, grew up in Orange. She moved to Stowe after attending Norwich and living in New Hampshire for a short time. She said she raised her two sons in Stowe, and they've attended Stowe's schools. While Stowe is considered a tourist destination for its mountains, outdoor activities and restaurants, Senecal said it's still very much a small town.

Second woman accuses former Inntopia executive of sexual harassment  (VTDigger, 6/6/18)
Her family has supported her decision to speak publicly about her experience. Her teenage sons, she said, “have been mature beyond their years and are exactly the type of young men I hoped they were growing up to be.”  She ceased her job search, and she has poured herself into her new volunteer work with the Vermont Commission on Women, where she has helped to spearhead new sexual harassment legislation that was signed into law last month.

Second accuser names former Inntopia executive  (Stowe Today, 6/6/18)
Lisa Senecal, a Stowe resident and a member of the Vermont Commission on Women, on Saturday authored a piece in the online magazine The Daily Beast claiming that Craig DeLuca, Inntopia’s former president and chief operating officer, sexually harassed her during a job interview.

Sexual harassment law takes effect July 1 (Bennington Banner, 6/5/18)
Gov. Phil Scott signed an anti-sexual harassment bill into law on May 30 that improves statewide sexual harassment reporting, bans policies that make it difficult for survivors to report misconduct and kick-starts an education campaign to foster safer internal reporting by victims inside companies.

The NDA Protected Our Predator. I’m Breaking My Silence, Because Women Deserve Better (The Daily Beast, 6/2/18)
Craig DeLuca, then the president of Inntopia, dangled a job—and demanded sex. Only after agreeing to a settlement did I discover that I’m not the only person he did this to.

 

May 2018

Sexual Harassment Silencing Banned In Workplace  (Shelburne News, 5/17/18)
The legislation bans two common practices that many say have the effect of silencing those who have faced harassment. It outlaws any requirement that employees or prospective employees waive their rights to disclose incidents of sexual harassment, and bans employers from dismissing employees once a settlement is reached on a complaint.

Law Prohibiting Inquiries About Salary History Enacted  (VT Digger, 5/16/18)
Cary Brown, Executive Director of Vermont Commission on Women, provided testimony in both the House and the Senate on this bill and its relationship to the gender wage gap. She stated, “When the pay at a new job is based on the pay at an old job, this can force women, and especially

Diversity Is Our Strength, Landrieu Tells St Mike’...  (Vermont Biz, 5/15/18)
The Katherine Fairbanks Memorial Award and Father Prevel Memorial Award are for the woman and man, respectively, “demonstrating commitment and achievement related to the intellectual, spiritual, moral and social values of Saint Michael’s College.” Fairbanks winner was Summer Colley of Colchester, VT, who majored in political science with minors in psychology, philosophy and gender studies. Her college career demonstrated passion for social justice, as she lead the campus Peace and Justice Club, interned with the Vermont Commission on Women and Vermont Works for Women, was a writing coach, worked with local refugees and the Student Global AIDS Campaign, and kept a stellar GPA with election to honor societies.

Salary History Law Takes Effect July 1   (Bennington Banner, 5/14/18)
... women of color, to carry pay discrepancies with them from job to job," said Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women.

Vt. Passes Work Harassment Bill    (Valley News 5/12/18)
The legislation would provide the Vermont Commission on Women with $125,000 to develop public service announcements, electronic training ...

Senate Passes Bill To Fight Sexual Harassment In The Workplace  (VTDigger, 5/11/18)
The lead sponsor, Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, D-Bradford, began working on the bill in December with representatives of the commission and the state attorney general’s office

Closing the Pay Gap in Vermont  (Lyndon State News Video, 5/18)
Coverage and interviews from VCW's St. Johnsbury salary negotiation workshop - one of three in spring of 2018.

Secrecy Is Sticking Point in Rewrite of Statehouse Sexual Harassment Policy (Seven Days, 5/2/18)
"That's huge," said Cary Brown, executive director of Vermont's Commission on Women, which was created to advance rights and opportunities for women. "It will mean that the expectations are much more clearly understood." Lawmakers also propose to remove some of the burden from victims.

 

April 2018

Lt. Governor Zuckerman’s Lunchtime Town Hall on Women in Leadership  (Facebook Video, courtesy Lt. Governor Zuckerman, 4/25/18)
Guests:  Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women and Representative Diana Gonzalez of Chittenden-6-7. Lt. Governor Zuckerman and his guests discuss the economic wellbeing of Vermont women, electing women to public office, and female leadership in the youth movement.

Vermont Commission on Women - Listening Project (Essex Junction.org,  4/27/18)
We are doing this survey to learn about what is working well, and what is not working well. Anything you share with us will help us understand how we can best help ...

Businesses wary of wage increases: House committee passes bill that would bump base pay  (Stowe Reporter, 4/26/18)
A Vermont House committee has advanced its version of a minimum wage bill approved by the Senate earlier this legislative session, despite .... Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women ... Main Street Alliance of Vermont supports gradually increasing the minimum wage.

Star Teacher Held Back by Vermont's Child Care Crisis  (Seven Days, 4/23/18)
Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, points out that many in the state are currently sounding the alarm about the shortage of workers. Why not help parents who want to work stay employed? “If we're worried about our workforce declining,” she says, “we need to take ...

Legislative Reminders Of Inequality  (Mountain Times, 4/18/18)
The problem begins right out of college – with men being offered 6.6 percent more than women. And, in a study which analyzed job offers – with the same job/same title, 69 percent of the time men were offered more in compensation. The Vermont Commission on Women and the Change The Story project have been very helpful in further illuminating this persistent problem and highlighting this opportunity for change.

The Art of Salary Negotiation  (WCAX, 4/17/18)
Negotiating your salary can be really tricky, especially for women who are routinely underpaid. That's why career and business coach Lindsey Lathrop-Ryan hosts workshops just for women to help them through the process.

Emilie Kornheiser Hoping to Build a Better Community  (Brattleboro Reformer, 4/17/18)
As a volunteer, she's currently a Brattleboro town representative for District 1, the vice president for the Brattleboro Food Co-op board of directors, a founding member of the Windham County Action Network, and a Vermont Commission on Women member.

Senate Looking at Paid Family Leave Proposal  (JD Supra, 4/12/18)
According to a study done for the Vermont Commission on Women, 20,000 people in Vermont are taking leaves of absence from work annually to care for a newborn or other family member, and only 3,500 more would take advantage of a paid family leave program if one is created.

Scott signs equal pay proclamation (WCAX, 4/11/18)
Gov. Phil Scott signed the official announcement Tuesday, declaring it "Equal Pay Day." The event was meant to represent how far into the current year women must work to earn as much as a man did last year. "This disparity affects women of all education fields, of all backgrounds, in all fields, at all levels in the workplace. It starts right out of school and it just widens after children enter the family," said Cary Brown with the Vermont Commission on Women.

Ex-University of Vermont computer specialist takes gender discrimination lawsuit to trial (Burlington Free Press, 4/9/18)
"The public and the media are invited to attend," McCloskey wrote in an email announcing a court date and its timing with Equal Pay Day. The date, April 10, "symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year due to the gender wage gap," according to Vermont Commission on Women.

Public hearings on wages, paid leave (Stowe Reporter, 4/5/18)
The Vermont Commission on Women, the League of Women Voters of Vermont and Business and Professional Women Vermont invite community members to join an annual gathering of advocates on the morning of Equal Pay Day, Tuesday, April 10, at the State House in Montpelier to help bring attention to the gender wage gap.

 

March 2018

Changes in perception after #MeToo (Stowe Reporter, 3/29/18)
Copeland-Hanzas is the main sponsor of H.707, the bill the House approved March 14 that would help people report workplace sexual harassment. Stowe resident Lisa Senecal, a member of the Vermont Commission on Women, worked on the bill, and told her story about a nondisclosure agreement to help strengthen the bill.

Safeline, Inc. Announces New Board Members (Valley News, 3/23/18)
Safeline, Inc., an organization that serves victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse throughout Orange and northern Windsor Counties, has appointed of two new members to its board of directors.  Hannah Elle Lane, of Braintree, Vt., is on the staff of the Vermont Commission on Women in Montpelier.

Walters: Vermont Dead Last in Sending a Woman to Congress (Seven Days, 3/21/18)
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Cindy Hyde-Smith to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. When she takes office on April 1, Vermont will become the only state in the union to have never sent a woman to Congress.  "This is not a distinction to be proud of, but I actually feel optimistic about the future," said Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women. "I think we're poised really well. Women are flying up the ranks politically. We don't have to worry about retaining that distinction for long."

Report Ties Lack of Child Care to Long-Term Income Disparity  (VT Digger, 3/14/18)
In marking International Women’s Day, groups also press for passage of paid family leave legislation.  Marybeth Christie Redmond of the Vermont Commission on Women has been working for the past 15 years with a Burlington woman who is a refugee and single mother of five. During that time, she said, she has watched this woman work tirelessly to make ends meet and take care of her children.

Report looks at child care, the economy and gender equity in Vermont ...  (Vermont Business Magazine, 3/9/18)
Ensuring Vermont has enough high-quality, affordable child care is essential to supporting gender equality in the workplace, according to a new report co-authored by Let's Grow Kids (LGK) and the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW).

Women, Work and Child Care  (WCAX, 3/8/18)
Is there a need to level the playing field for working women? A new report from Let's Grow Kids and the Vermont Commission on Women suggests on this International Women's Day that women in Vermont need more support when it comes to child care to truly be on a path to equity.

Press Conference: Women Work and Child Care (Facebook Video, courtesy Let’s Grow Kids, 3/8/18) 
Coverage of this International Women’s Day press conference releasing the Let’s Grow Kids and Vermont Commission on Women co-authored white paper.

David | The Vermont Conversation with David Goodman  (The Vermont Conversation, 3/8/18)
The Vermont Commission on Women reports that 60 percent of women say they've experienced sexual harassment at work, and most of those say they have experienced retaliation for speaking up about it. Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) is lead sponsor of a bill to change Vermont's sexual harassment laws to ban ...

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship (3/7/18)
VCW’s former intern Emily Meyers was awarded the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987 to recruit and train the next generation of policy and advocacy leaders on a range of international peace and security issues by providing recent college graduates with an opportunity to work with one of the participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC. The fellowship bridges the gap between academia and the working world by providing an entree to socially-conscious people eager to learn about and contribute to the world of public-interest organizations.

Faces & Places March 2018  (Business People Vermont, 3/5/18)
Gov. Phil Scott appointed Mary Daly of Peacham to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. She retired from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital as occupational health nurse in 2013.

Business People Vermont  (3/18)
Rep. Mitzi Johnson, Speaker of the House, appointed two commissioners to the Vermont Commission on Women. Marybeth Christie Redmond, a partner in the Vermont Story Lab project, which trains nonprofit communicators to weave storytelling through the fabric of their organizations, and Emilie Kornheiser, the early childhood action plan director at Building Bright Futures.

 

Feburary 2018

Political Experts, Advocates Stress Gender Equality In Elections   (WPTZ 2/27/18)
Jen Oldham, executive director of Vermont Works for Women …”Why aren’t women in these jobs that will get them greater economic stability? …Start collecting better data.How are our workforce dollars being spent?  How many women are going into apprenticeship programs?  How many women are going into training programs, leading to higher paying jobs?

CU to celebrate Women's History Month   (Rutland Herald, 2/21/18)
Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, and Tiffany Bluemle, former executive director of Change the Story: Advancing Women, Powering the Economy, will host a panel discussion on pay inequity as a local and global issue on Thursday, March 29, time to be determined.

Democracy Eventually: A Conversation with Emilie Kornheiser  (WVEW Radio – Brattleboro community radio station  | Podcast, 2/18/18)
An interview with Brattleboro Community member, Emilie Kornheiser about the Vermont Commission on Women, building resilient communities, and the recent Agency of Human Services proposal for a new Prison in VT.

Rickey Gard Diamond with VCW’s Cary Brown – Book Launch at Bear Pond Books, Montpelier 
Screwnomics (She Writes Press), hometown book launch celebration and discussion on the state of women's economics with author Rickey Gard Diamond and Vermont Commission on Women Director Cary Brown.

Castleton University to Celebrate Women's History Month (Rutland Herald, 2/21/18)
Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, and Tiffany Bluemle, Director of Change the Story host a panel discussion on pay inequity as a local and global issue on Thursday, March 29.

Sexual Harassment Bill Aims To Protect Victims' Rights   (Vermont Public Radio's Vermont Edition, 2/15/18)
Call-in discussion: Sixty percent of women say they've experienced sexual harassment at work, according to the Vermont Commission on Women, and three out of four of those women report experiencing retaliation for speaking up. Now House lawmakers are updating Vermont's sexual harassment ...

Castleton Celebrates 2018 Women's History Month · Castleton ... (Castleton News and Media, 2/21/18)
Cary Brown, the Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, and Tiffany Bluemle, the former Executive Director of Change the Story: Advancing Women, Powering the Economy, will detail the steps Vermont has taken to improve women's economic progress

Vermont Senate Introduces Equal Rights Amendment To Constitution  (WPTZ, 2/15/18)
Some worry not enough included to protect Native Americans, people of color

Scott Places Rush Order On Equal Pay, But Law Still Would Take Effect July 1  (Barton Chronicle 2/15/18)
Phil Scott has told the leaders of both the Vermont House and Senate that he wants the Legislature to act quickly to pass equal pay bills, so he can sign them into law before Town Meeting Day on March 6. In a letter sent to Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, ...

Vermont Furthers Equal Pay Act  (The Middlebury Campus, 2/14/18)
Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, an advocacy group for gender equality, told VT Digger that the wealth lost due to the wage gap “is around 3.3 percent of the state's GDP.” The money could bolster the state economy and provide security to the more than 20,000 ...

The Vermont Commission on Women is seeking (CVOEO News, 2/13/18)
The Vermont Commission on Women is seeking individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace who are willing to share their experience...

VBSR: House Committee Tackles Salary History in Equal Pay Bill ...  (VBSR-Common Good, 2/5/18)
The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs has introduced S.275, a bill that would expand the wage discrimination provisions of the Fair Employment Practices Act to prohibit employers from requesting an applicant’s history. H.294 and S.275 would both prohibit employers from ...

Legislation will help prevent sexual harassment (Stowe Today, 2/1/18)
The attorney general and the Human Rights Commission will expand and make it easier for victims and bystanders to report and the Vermont Commission on Women will get the word out through outreach and education programs. Will these measures end sexual harassment in Vermont?

 

January 2018

Bill Would Encourage Sexual Harassment Victims to Speak Up ...  (US News and World Report, 1/25/18)
The Vermont Commission on Women has heard from women about sexual harassment that is making it difficult — sometimes impossible — for them to do their jobs, said executive director Cary Brown. "For many women in Vermont, sexual harassment can be an insurmountable obstacle that gets in the way of supporting ...

Tripartisan Group Unveils Sexual Harassment Bill | Off Message (Seven Days, 1/25/18)
"We hear directly from women across the state with stories of how sexual harassment is making it difficult or even impossible to do their jobs," said Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women. "Every time a woman cuts back her hours or takes time off from work or is driven out of her job entirely, her ...

Bipartisan Coalition of Vermont Lawmakers Backs #metoo Legislation  (Bennington Banner, 1/26/18)
Sexual harassment is harming the ability of women to earn a living, advocates say, and new legislation will give them the added protections they need to combat misconduct in the workplace. Cary Brown, the head of the Vermont Commission on Women, says sexual harassment has made "it difficult, or even impossible, ...

Permanent Fund | for Vermont's Children (1/26/18)
Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women. “We need all our kids to become the productive, creative, contributing adults that they have the potential to be — and the Permanent Fund has built a strong campaign, with a full diversity of contributing partners, that can get us there. Please join us as we work together to ...

#MeToo Bill Gets Vermont Support (Vermont Business Magazine, 1/25/18)

Bipartisan Coalition Of Vermont Lawmakers Backs #Metoo Legislation  (VTDigger, 1/26/18)

Vermont Bill Would Encourage Sexual Harassment Victims to Speak Up  (WCAX, 1/25/18)

#Metoo Inspires Workplace Protection Bill in Montpelier  (WPTZ, 1/25/18)

Vermont Lawmakers Take on Sexual Harrassment, Hope to Empower Victims to Step Forward (WVNY/WFFF, 1/25/18)

#Metoo Sparks Tri-Partisan Push to Reform How Harassment Is Reported In Vermont  (Vermont Public Radio, 1/25/18)

Bill Would Encourage Sexual Harassment Victims to Speak Up (Caledonian Record, 1/25/18)

Bills Aims to Protect Sexual Harassment Victims  (Times Argus, 1/25/18)

Vt. Bill Would Encourage Victims to Speak (Valley News, 12/25/18)

Walters: Tripartisan Group Unveils Sexual Harassment Bill (Seven Days, 1/25/18)

Video: 'A Culture Of Silence And Shame' In Sexual Harassment Cases (Burlington Free Press Video, 1/25/18)

Bill Would Encourage Sexual Harassment Victims To Speak Up (Burlington Free Press, 1/25/18)

Bill Would Encourage Sexual Harassment Victims to Speak Up (U.S. News & World Report, 1/25/18)

#MeToo Inspires New Legislation in Vermont Statehouse (NECN, 1/25/18)

Is #MeToo a Movement or a Moment? (Daily Beast, 1/2/18)
Women have known too many men who say all the right things, only to do all the wrong things. Unless actions replace hashtags and value signaling, we’ll see old power structures and patterns of behavior remain as entrenched and unequal as ever—along with a healthy new dose of mistrust and resentment with which women will contend.

How States are Rethinking Sexual Misconduct Policies After Months of Complaints (PBS News Hour, 1/11/18)
Judy Woodruff explores what's driving the movement with Fatima Goss Graves of the National Women's Law Center, Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood, Lisa Senecal of Vermont Commission on Women and Leigh Gilmore of Wellesley College. In the past year, at least 14 legislators in 10 ...

Vermont Senate Leadership Pushes Pay Equity Bill (WCAX, 1/12/18)
A bipartisan group of lawmakers say it would prevent employers from asking for salary history when you apply for a job. The Vermont Commission on Women says women in this state earn 84-cents for every dollar that men do. And one lawmaker told us if that changed the poverty rate would drop by 57-percent, and the increase in wages would equal one billion dollars.

 

December 2017

Women Blazed The Trail; Companies Must React  (Stowe Today, 12/28/17)
It's exciting to read the many pronouncements that 2018 is going to be the Year of the Woman. Long before #MeToo, most women understood barriers to lives as equal citizens with equal rights and opportunities were still in place. The year 2017 has been a year of increasingly flagrant racism, misogyny, ...

Commission on Women has new appointee (Business Vermont,12/22/17)
Phil Scott has appointed Mary Daly, of Peacham, to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women, the state's nonpartisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. “Mary has a long history of public service, and has demonstrated a deep commitment to her community ...

Alimony Report Misses Mark, Local Group Says  (Brattleboro Reformer, 12/19/17)
After several months of study, a task force is recommending no immediate, major changes to Vermont's alimony statute.  But a Brattleboro-based advocacy group is vowing to fight on, saying there are critical issues that the state's Spousal Support and Maintenance Task Force didn't address.

Don’t Overhaul Alimony Law, Says Task Force (VTDigger, 12/20/17)
Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women and a member of the task force, said the group “did a great job considering the wide range of recommendations” on an “incredibly complex topic.”  The new alimony guidelines enacted earlier this year “really need some time to be in effect so we can see what impact they have,” Brown said. She added that the task force’s hearings, though they were conducted over a relatively short period of time, allowed for input from “voices that we might not have gotten otherwise.”

Editorial: Another Good Week (Caledonian Record 12/15/17)
Peacham's Mary Daly was appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women by Governor Phil Scott. Local author Lynda Graham-Barber, of Newport, hosted a gala book launch and signing to celebrate the publication of her latest children's book, Cookie's Fortune. Local girls enjoyed a hockey

Weinberger Names Winners of First Mayor’s Prize To Support Entrepreneurship (Vermont Business Magazine, 12/14/17)
As noted in the 2016 Change the Story Status Report, women-owned businesses generate 9 percent of gross revenues and employ 12 percent of workers in privately-held Vermont firms. If women were to choose business ownership at the same rate as men, it would result in more than 10,500 new businesses.

Meg Smith: Helping Women Help Themselves  (Shelburne News, 12/14/17)
The Vermont Women’s Fund has an annual two-part grant process overseen by a council of women volunteers. One part focuses on career counseling for women and assisting teenage girls in learning about career options. A newer project called Change the Story is a collaboration between the Vermont Women’s Fund, Vermont Works for Women and the Vermont Commission on Women aimed at aligning policy, programs and philanthropy to improve the economic status of Vermont women.

Cary Brown Talks Sexual Harassment, Shaming and Change  (Seven Days, 12/13/17)
For a lot of people, they think of sexual harassment as being really overt. [The] stuff that we hear about Harvey Weinstein, it's not necessarily typical. Most women are not experiencing that on a day-to-day basis. The kinds of things they're experiencing at work are more subtle and harder to put your finger on sometimes. And yet, they can still contribute to this ongoing feeling of I'm not welcome here. I'm not valued here.

Governor Appoints Peacham Woman To Vermont Commission On Women  (Caledonian Record, 12/12/17)
Governor Phil Scott has appointed Mary Daly of Peacham to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state's non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women

Governor Scott Appoints Mary Daly of Peacham to Vermont Commission on Women (CommonGood, 12/12/17)
“Mary has a long history of public service, and has demonstrated a deep commitment to her community. She’s worked to make a difference in the lives of Vermonters, and shown leadership in protecting the vulnerable – a priority for my administration,” said Gov. Scott. “This commitment and experience will be valuable to the Commission and the critical role it plays for women and Vermont. I thank Mary for her willingness to serve once again.”

Governor Scott appoints Daly of Peacham to Vermont Commission on Women  (Vermont Business Magazine, 12/11/17)
Governor Phil Scott has appointed Mary Daly of Peacham to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state's non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. “Mary has a long history of public service, and has demonstrated a deep commitment ...

Why Not a Women’s Party?  (Counterpunch, 12/8/17)
Felicia Kornbluh is an Associate Professor of History and of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Vermont.  She served for six years as Director of the GSWS Program at UVM and has also served as a Commissioner on the Vermont Commission on Women and as President of United Academics, the UVM faculty union (AFT/AAUP).

Vermont (Philanthropy News Digest, 12/7/17)
Since its establishment in 1994, the fund has awarded more than $2 million in grants and launched Change The Story, a partnership with the Vermont Commission on Women and Vermont Works for Women aimed at strengthening women's economic security.

It's the Most Wonderful Time . . . For a Pay Equity Update (The National Law Review 12/1/17)
... there are several pay equity bills still lingering, due in part to the fact that many of these jurisdictions have two-year legislative cycles with “carryover” to even-numbered years, including: Washington, D.C., Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, ...

 

November 2017

Bucknam Joins Commission  (Times Argus, 11/18/17)
(Montpelier) – The Vermont Republican Party has appointed Deborah T. Bucknam, Esq. of Walden to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. Ms. Bucknam will serve the remaining 2 years of Susie Hudson’s 4-year term.  Ms. Bucknam has been practicing law in Vermont since 1979, and was licensed to practice in New Hampshire in 2005

Deborah T. Bucknam of Walden Appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women   (VTDigger, 11/16/17)
The Vermont Republican Party has appointed Deborah T. Bucknam, Esq. of Walden to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. Ms. Bucknam will serve the remaining 2 years of Susie Hudson’s 4-year term. Ms. Bucknam has been practicing law in Vermont since 1979, and was licensed to practice in New Hampshire in 2005

Walden Resident Appointed To Vermont Commission On Women  (Caledonian Record, 11/15/17)
The Vermont Republican Party has appointed Deborah T. Bucknam, Esq. of Walden to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. Bucknam will ...

Bucknam of Walden appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women  (Vermont Business Magazine, 11/15/17)
...Bucknam’s husband, Charles served on the Vermont Commission on Women in the 1970’s. At that time the Commission was focused on the wage gap, child care, access to healthcare, and recruiting more women in more leadership positions in all sectors. “Many of the same issues we’re faced with today,” noted Ms Bucknam.

Alimony reform campaign runs into issues of gender equity  (VTDigger, 11/9/17)
A state task force was told the alimony law is outdated and overly

Alimony Reform Hits Gender Equity Snag (Valley News, 11/8/17)
“Older women are already significantly economically disadvantaged compared to their male counterparts,” Buchdahl said. “In Vermont, the average Social Security draw for women is half that of men. And women are significantly more likely not to have a pension and have reduced retirement savings.”  Hannah Lane, a Commission on Women staffer, told the task force that temporarily dropping out of the workforce to have and raise children has “lifelong impacts on advancement and earning potential” for women.

Social media campaign must result in action to prevent future sexual assault  (Lamron, 11/7/17)
Lisa Senecal, a member of the Vermont Commission on Women, stated, “This isn’t a women’s issue. This is a violence issue, and an issue of power and who has the power. So until the people who still primarily do hold the power, which is primarily men and primarily white men, until they’re going to begin to act, then the problems are going to persist,” according to PBS.

Deborah T. Bucknam of Walden Appointed to the Vermont ...  (Common Good, 11/14/17)
(Montpelier) - The Vermont Republican Party has appointed Deborah T. Bucknam, Esq. of Walden to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. Ms. Bucknam will serve the ..

 

October 2017

Harassment Scandals Shine Spotlight On Confidentiality Clauses  (National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, 10/30/17)
When a former assistant of Harvey Weinstein broke a hush clause in a settlement she says she signed with him, she told the Financial Times she wanted to out not only Weinstein but also the, quote, "egregious" secrecy pacts that have long gagged her and so many others, including Lisa Senecal. LISA SENECAL: Unfortunately, because of the nondisclosure agreement that I'm under, there's very little that I'm able to say about the incident.  SMITH: Senecal, who works in marketing and serves on the Vermont Commission on Women, says after she was sexually assaulted by an executive she worked for, she signed a confidentiality clause that bars her from discussing what happened even with family.

Women Who Lead: Today's Role Models  (Stowe Today, 10/26/17)
Lisa Senecal of Stowe, a member of the Vermont Commission on Women, says that for all the good intentions men have, and the efforts they put into understanding the challenges women face, “men will never understand what it’s like to go through life as a woman. And women will never know what it’s like to be a man, except for the few who identify as transgender and see the issues on both sides.”

As Survivors Say #MeToo, What Will it Take to Stop Widespread Sexual Harassment?   (PBS NewsHour, 10/17/17)
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein story, the hashtag #MeToo has inspired millions of women to share stories of harassment in the workplace and culture. Judy Woodruff explores what’s driving the movement with Fatima Goss Graves of the National Women’s Law Center, Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood, Lisa Senecal of Vermont Commission on Women and Leigh Gilmore of Wellesley College.

VIDEO: International Day of the Girl October 2017  (CCTV, 10/11/17)
RESULTS, an international grassroots organization focused on ending global and US-based poverty through advocacy hosted Selamawit Adugna Bekele, a passionate education, youth, and gender activist from Ethiopia, to speak about her experiences as an educator. She will be illuminating how education empowers women worldwide and why that matters in Vermont, with VCW Commissioners Marybeth Christie Redmond and Gretchen Bailey.

VIDEO: Women's Economic Opportunity Conference 2017: Storytelling Session with Change The Story VT  (CCTV, Recorded 9/16/17)
This year's Women's Economic Opportunity Conference (WEOC) 2017 starts off with an introduction by Rebecca EunMi Haslam. Afterwards, Muslim Girls Making Change take the stage to kickoff the storytelling session. Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, gives data on the current status of women in Vermont followed by stories that help us see the impact of that data on the lives of Vermonters. The conference is a project of the office of U.S. Senator Leahy in conjunction this year with Change The Story VT.

 

September 2017

Men Must Confront Men Who Disrespect Women. That's the Fight We Really Need.  (USA Today, 9/25/17)
How men interact with women is important, but even more crucial is men having the courage to challenge men who interrupt women, harass them or worse…Lisa Senecal is a mother, communications professional and member of the Vermont Commission on Women.

Gov. Scott Appoints Senecal to Commission on Women  (Williston Observer, 9/21/17)
A fourth-generation Vermonter, Senecal has launched and run three small businesses and currently divides her time between event management, writing with an emphasis on issues of particular importance to women and communications consulting.

Vermont Women's Fund celebration Oct. 4 to feature women entrepreneurs (VTDigger, 9/20/17)
... report from Change The Story, an initiative of the Vermont Women's Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women.

Governor appoints Senecal to Commission on Women  (The Times Argus, 9/16/17)
Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Lisa Senecal to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women, the state’s nonpartisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls.

Governor appoints Senecal to Commission on Women (StoweToday, 9/14/17)
Lisa Senecal of Stowe has been appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women.

Scott appoints Lisa Senecal of Stowe to Vermont Commission on Women (VermontBiz, 9/12/17)
The mother of two teenaged sons, Senecal has been volunteering in her sons’ schools for more than a decade, serves on the Board of Trustees for the Stowe Education Fund, recently concluded work leading a year-long study on the viability of converting public schools to independent schools, leads fundraising initiatives for a variety of organizations, and served on the board of the Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley.

Registration Opens for Vt. Women's Economic Opportunity Conference   (9/3/17, Valley News)
Randolph — Registration is open for the 21st annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference, scheduled for Sept. 16 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. This year, the conference is working with Change The Story VT — an initiative of the Vermont Women’s Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women and Vermont Works for Women — that is focused on improving women’s economic well-being.

 

August 2017

Minorities Are Not Responsible For Fixing Racism In America  (8/24/17, USA TODAY)
It is no more the responsibility of minorities to end racism than it is for women to end sexual discrimination and violence.

Inequality Persists: The Quest for Women's Parity Continues  (Seven Days, 8/23/17)
Women in the Green Mountain State earn, on average, 84 cents to the $1 that men make. Yes, that's an improvement from 73.8 cents in 1997, but it's still 16 cents shy of bringing home the same bacon for the same work, notes Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women.... still 16 cents shy of bringing home the same bacon for the same work, notes Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women.

Brattleboro Resident Appointed to Vermont Commission on Women (Brattleboro Reformer, 8/8/17)
"When I think about my work on the women's commission, I imagine creating a state where policy and resources and programs and lifestyles all converge for women to be able to live their lives with whatever dignity they want," she said. "What do women in Pownal and Putney and Newport have in common with each other? And what resources and policies do they need to succeed?"

Two Appointed to Vermont Commission on Women (Rutland Herald, 8/5/17)
Marybeth Christie Redmond of Essex and Emilie Kornheiser of Brattleboro have joined the Vermont Commission on Women, appointed by Vermont Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson.

Two Appointed to Vermont Commission on Women (Business Vermont, 8/4/17)
Marybeth Christie Redmond of Essex and Emilie Kornheiser of Brattleboro have joined the Vermont Commission on Women, ...

Raising Each Other Up  (Essex Reporter, August 2, 2017)
The human dignity of women and girls and all people must be paramount in our society – the common good, the raising up of people who are struggling, who don’t have opportunities that many of us had handed to us,” Redmond said. “I really see it as my role, along with the commission, to bring those issues to light … because we all have a role in raising each other up.”

 

July 2017

Redmond and Kornheiser Appointed to Women's Commission  (VTDigger, July 18, 2017)
(Montpelier) – Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson has appointed two new Commissioners to Vermont Commission on Women: Marybeth Christie ...

Merrill Re-elected as Chair of Vermont Commission on Women  (VTDigger, July 12, 2017)
(Montpelier) – The sixteen appointed members of the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) have re-elected Marcia Merrill of Jericho to serve a 5th ...

 

June 2017

2017 Session Wrap-Up: Win Some, Lose Some  (Vermont Woman,  June 2017)
More women than men work in minimum wage jobs, testified Cary Brown of the Vermont Commission on Women early in the session. In states with higher minimum wages the pay gap between the sexes grows narrower, she said. House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski (D-Chittenden 6-3) has spoken of the importance for women of raising the minimum wage. Two bills were introduced, but neither made it to the finish line.

The Agency You Didn't Know Existed but You'll Certainly Miss  (Medium.com/Make It Work, 6/21/17)
In Vermont, where the Commission on the Status of Women received a Paid Leave Analysis grant in 2015, state lawmakers are now on track to pass a strong paid family leave policy.

Vermont Commission on Women: Legislative Update 2017  (Common Good, 6/20/17)
New Laws passed in 2017

 

May 2017

Equal Pay Compact Sees Rapid Expansion  (VTDigger, 5/24/17)
In late January, the Vermont Commission on Women celebrated a milestone: the 100th signer of the state’s equal pay compact.  Last week in Brattleboro, the Windham Regional Commission became the compact’s 127th signatory.  That kind of growth — a 25 percent boost in less than four months — is a positive sign for those who are continuing to fight to bring women’s wages up to the same level as men’s.

Breaking the barriers: Local Women Tell Stories of Their Glass Ceilings (Addison Independent, 5/25/17)
When Peg Martin broke the gender barrier as the first woman on the Middlebury selectboard in 1973, board chair Earl Cone greeted her with: “You can’t change the color of the town trucks. We’ve just finally decided.”

OPINION: Student Voices: Gender Inequality,  (Montpelier Bridge, 5/19/17)
Montpelier High School Social Studies Teacher Heather McLane assigned her students to write paragraphs sharing their opinion about an issue that they have studied, support their opinion with a bit of evidence and include a call to action.

Equal Pay Compact Sees Rapid Expansion  (Brattleboro Reformer, 5/19/17)
"There are a lot of equal pay compact signers in Windham County. ... State officials last month recognized "Equal Pay Day," an occasion that also ...

Vermont Leads and Lags in Gender Parity; Report Shows Women's Leadership Trends  (Addison County Independent,  5/18/17)
Yet a recent study from women’s advocacy organization Change the Story VT reveals some startling disparities when one takes a closer look at the numbers:

Seven Laws-to-Be That Could Affect Your Life  (Seven Days 5/17/17)
Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, praised the legislation: "Three-quarters of women entering the workforce will be pregnant and employed at some point in their lives," she said. "Sometimes a simple accommodation can make the difference between being able to continue working and having to take time off, and the strength of Vermont's economy depends on women's ability to remain in their jobs and support their families."

New Protections for Pregnant Workers  (Common Good, 5/17/17)
A law just passed in Vermont that will provide protections for employees experiencing healthy, uncomplicated pregnancies who need workplace accommodations such as having access to water, access to a chair, longer or more frequent restroom breaks, or avoiding heavy lifting.

A Legislative Victory: Alimony Reform Group Scores Win  (Brattleboro Reformer, 5/14/17)
The task force is comprised of one member of the House and one senator; the state's chief superior judge; a Superior Court judge "who has significant experience" in family court; two experienced family law attorneys; a Vermont Alimony Reform member; and a representative of the Vermont Commission on Women.

Governor Signs Pregnancy Accommodations Bill   (VTDdigger, 5/12/17)
“This is great news for a lot of women in Vermont,” said Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women. “This is really about ...

Women of the Counterculture in 1970s Vermont  (Vermont Woman, April/May 2017)
“It was a turbulent era, in which we rejected the status quo of our childhoods, and searched for—or created—new definitions of community.” So said Liz Blum in her Vermont Public Radio commentary about being a young woman in the 1970s. As part of women’s history month, Blum, along with commentators Verandah Porche and Melinda Moulton, wrote and recorded their experiences as participants in the back-to-the-land movement.

Alimony Reform Group Sees Progress With Legislation  (VTDigger, 5/14/17)
The commission wasn’t initially included on the task force when it was proposed a few months ago. But the commission’s executive director, Cary Brown, said the alimony debate is directly related to economic equality issues that are at the core of the commission’s work. She also points out that, while Vermont Alimony Reform has female members who are payers, the overwhelming majority of alimony recipients are women.

New Law Provides Protections for Pregnant Women  (VTDigger, 5/10/17)
A law just passed in Vermont that will provide protections for employees experiencing healthy, uncomplicated pregnancies who need workplace accommodations such as having access to water, access to a chair, longer or more frequent restroom breaks, or avoiding heavy lifting.

New Protections for Pregnant Workers (Vermont Business Magazine, 5/8/17)
“Everyone benefits from laws that support a fair work-family balance,” said Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan, whose office will enforce the new law in the private sector.  “For decades, Vermont employers have been doing a great job accommodating workers with disabilities.  Applying that same positive mindset to helping out expectant or new mothers makes sense and is the right thing to do.”

Group Hopes Reports Spur Women to Leadership Roles  (Times Argus, 5/6/17)
If there weren’t significant differences between men and women in leadership roles, we wouldn’t need to spell it out. However, there are,” Bluemle said. “Prior to the reports, it was really difficult to find data that (were) specific to women’s economic status here in Vermont. Our mission is to fast-track women’s economic opportunity — to further our focal points, our points of leverage to make a significant difference for women and for girls. These reports paints the picture in a broader context of what constitutes economic efficiency and sustainability for our economy. In our research we are presenting that gender diversity makes a difference in the workforce. There are a lot of people who are surprised by our data.”

 

April 2017

Vermont Early Childhood Alliance and Let’s Grow Kids Join Vermont Commission on Women’s Advisory Council  (VTDigger, 4/28/17)
“We’re a small state, and we know that networking is one of the most effective ways to create positive change. The Vermont Early Childhood Alliance and Let’s Grow Kids are invaluable partners, informing our Commission on topics like access to early childhood services and programs, including nutrition, housing and health, workplace benefits like paid family leave, shortage of quality affordable child care, and the career needs of our child care workforce.”

Women push for equal pay and equal opportunity in Vermont  (Stowe Reporter |, 4/13/17)
Women who worked full-time year-round earned just 84 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2016.  That statistic was the focal point of a press conference April 4 that ended with an Equal Pay Day proclamation signed by Gov. Phil Scott, recognizing that “closing the gender wage gap would reduce the poverty rate in Vermont by 57 percent and add $1 billion to the state’s economy” and that “equity in leadership in both the public and private sectors is a key strategy to end the wage gap.”

Study Looks at Vermont Women in Top Jobs  (WCAX, 4/11/17)
Just where do women stand when it comes to holding leadership positions in Vermont? Change the Story has a new status report on Vermont Women and Leadership. It shows women are running the show in some areas but other areas need work.

Women in Leadership: Kunin, Gamache Highlight Need for Female Officials  (St. Albans Messenger, 4/7/17)
Of the eight Vermont cities that elect mayors, St. Albans is currently the only one with a female leader. This gender ratio can be applied to towns as well, with one in every eight selectboard seats filled by a woman in Franklin County and Alburgh. These statistics, displaying the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions at the local level, were highlighted in Change the Story VT’s 2017 status report, Vermont Women and Leadership, released this week

The Gender Pay Gap In Vermont Is Still Undermining Women's Economic Status (Vermont Public Radio, 4/5/17)
On Tuesday afternoon, about 100 people, almost all of them women, crowded into the Cedar Creek room at the Statehouse to honor Equal Pay Day.

Gender Pay Gap Hurts Vermont's Economy, Advocates Say  (VTDigger,  4/5/17)
Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, an advocacy group for gender parity explained that “if women's wages

Change The Story Releases New Report: Vermont Women and Leadership  (VTDigger, 4/5/17)
Progress Is Mixed, Vermont Frontrunner on Some Measures

$3.8 Billion Reasons to Accelerate Women’s Business Ownership in VT (Agenda VT, 4/5/17)
This report is fourth in a series of rigorous, data-driven investigations of women’s economic well-being in Vermont. These reports find positive examples of increasing gender parity in Vermont’s economy. They also find serious gaps in pay, career advancement, and leadership representation.

Equal Pay Day  (Times Argus, 4/5/17)
Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, opens a press conference on Equal Pay Day at the State House on Tuesday with an emphasis on women in leadership roles, like Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, standing directly behind Brown.

Gender Pay-Gap Still Plagues Vermont  (Rutland Herald, 4/6/17)
“Every year, we stand up here and we tell you about the fact that women in Vermont are not making as much money as men in Vermont are making,

Dozens rally at State House on Equal Pay Day  (WTPZ Channel 5, 4/4/17)
Vermont joined states across the country Tuesday in observing Equal Pay Day.  Vermont Gov. Phil Scott marked it with a proclamation, declaring April 4 Equal Pay Day in Vermont.

Study: Vermont loses $1.5 billion a year from gender pay gap  (Vermont Biz)
Women are more likely to support a candidate for office who supports pay equity.

April 4th is Equal Pay Day!  (Common Good Vermont Blog,  4/3/17)
The Vermont Commission on Women is hosting an Equal Pay Day Press Conference at the VT Statehouse.

Equal Pay Day “Vermont Women and Leadership” (Vermont Biz, 4/4/17)
Advocates for equal pay at this press conference will address the gender wage gap and unveil Change The Story VT's new “Vermont Women and Leadership” report.

 

March 2017

Women's History Month 2017 Commentary Series: Counterculture Women In Vermont (Vermont Public Radio, week of March 27th, 2017)
(Along with our women's history month partner, the Vermont Historical Society, Vermont Commission on Women is honored to work with Vermont Public Radio offering this annual corresponding-themed commentary series.)

Cindy Bittinger: Counterculture Women In Vermont

Liz Blum: Counterculture Women In Vermont

Melinda Moulton: Counterculture Women In Vermont

Veranda Porche: Counterculture Women In Vermont

Women’s History Month Event Women of the Counterculture Movement in 1970s Vermont Rescheduled (VTDigger, 3/21/17)
The 1970s saw incredible advancements in public engagement with, and recognition of, women’s rights. This flowering of second-wave feminism had a far-reaching impact on American society. What was it like for women who participated in the counterculture during that time? What challenges did they face, and what opportunities did they find? How was women’s experience in Vermont unique, and what did it share with the rest of the country?

Vermont Bill Would Use New Tax for 12 weeks of Paid Leave  (USA Today, March 21, 2017)
An earlier version of this article may have given the impression that a majority of Vermont businesses oppose paid family leave. About 47 percent support the idea, while about 40 percent are opposed, according to a Vermont Commission on Women survey.

VT Bill Would Use New Tax For 12 Weeks Of Paid Leave  (Burlington Free Press, 3/20/17)
An earlier version of this article may have given the impression that a majority of Vermont businesses oppose paid family leave. About 47 percent support the idea, while about 40 percent are opposed, according to a Vermont Commission on Women survey.

Paid Family Leave Bill Not On Track To Pass This Year  (VTDigger,  3/21/17)
Paid family leave has support from several organizations, including Main Street Alliance — a business organization that lobbies on progressive issues — and the Vermont Commission on Women. The bill was co-sponsored by more than 50 Democratic, Republican and Progressive lawmakers.

Considering Paid Family And Medical Leave (VPR, Vermont Edition, 3/13/17)
Four states – California, Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York – have approved state-run paid family and medical leave programs. Vermont currently has bills in both the House and Senate that would legislate it here.  We look at how the program would be funded and how workers would qualify for compensation. We also hear why some in the business community have reservations about instituting the paid leave program.

Investing in Nesting: Vermont Businesses See Dollars and Sense in Helping Employees Bond with Their Babies | Why Some VT Businesses Offer Paid Family Leave (Kids VT | Seven Days, 3/12/17)
The Vermont Commission on Women recently surveyed 500 Vermonters and 427 Vermont business owners to gauge their interest in adopting a paid family and medical leave insurance program at the state level. The state agency's findings are revealing. When asked broadly about whether they believed in establishing a program to guarantee access to paid family and medical leave in the state, more than 70 percent of individuals surveyed said it was "very important."

Celebrating Women & Vermont’s Economy on International Women’s Day (blog.commongoodvt.org, 3/8/17)
The Vermont Commission on Womens 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 Lawmakers Aim to Take Guns From Domestic Violence Offenders (Guns.com,  3/2/17)
Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, noted there are 13 states with similar laws in place.  “In those states where they have laws that require abusers to surrender their firearms, they have a 9% to 12% lower rate of intimate partner homicides. There is an actual direct effect that we see on the reduction of homicide,” said Brown.

Vermont Bill Aims to Strip Guns From Domestic Violence Offenders (Fox 44 & ABC 22, 3/1/17)
According to the 2016  Vermont Domestic Fatality Report, between 1994 and 2015, there were 131 domestic violence related deaths, 59% of them involved a firearm. Currently there are 13 states with a similar law in place.  "In those states where they have laws that require abusers to surrender their firearms, they have a 9% to 12% lower rate of intimate partner homicides there is an actual direct effect that we see on the reduction of homicide,” said Vermont Commission on Women Executive Director Cary Brown.

 

February 2017

Woman’s Groups Support Proposed Pregnancy Accommodations Law (JD Supra, 2/28/17)
The March of Dimes, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility on Thursday all supported H.136, a bill that would impose new state requirements for employers to accommodate pregnant and lactating women in the workplace.

Sarah Copeland Hanzas: Strong Working Families Means A Strong Vermont (Caledonia Record, 2/2817)
Thanks to research done by the Vermont Commission on Women, we know that this program will cost less than one percent of an employee’s wages. This proposed legislation reduces the burden by splitting that contribution equally between the employer and employee. For such a small investment, the returns will be enormous. Vermont’s children, families and local economies will be healthier

Paid Family & Medical Leave: Supporting VT Workers & Small Businesses  (VPIRG News, 2/22/17)
This policy follows recommendations laid out by a recently released feasibility study from the Vermont Commission on Women. Among other important findings, the study reports that “economic impact calculations suggest that implementing a PFML program could lead to $2.56 to $4.01 million in annual savings for Vermont,” including an estimated 1,800 Vermont families that would retain economic security, keeping them above the poverty threshold

Workplace Accommodations for Healthy Pregnant Workers (Common Good VT, 2/16/17)
Under current state and federal law, employees experiencing healthy, uncomplicated pregnancies are not entitled to receive workplace accommodations such as having access to water, access to a stool or a chair, longer or more frequent restroom breaks, or avoiding heavy lifting. On Tuesday, February 14th, H.136, re: accommodations for pregnant employees was introduced in the House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs.

Why We Offer Paid Family Leave  (Vermont Business, 2/20/2017)
Healthy children. Happy parents. A positive work culture. Engaged, productive and loyal employees who feel valued and supported to do their very best work. These are just a few of the many reasons the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children chooses to offer paid family leave. We believe offering paid family leave is not only good for young children and their families—it’s good for Vermont overall...A study on the feasibility of a family and medical leave insurance program in Vermont, released last month by the Vermont Commission on Women, found that the implementation of a paid leave program could save Vermont more than $500,000 annually (as much as $270,000 from reduced public assistance among working women with a recent child birth in addition to almost $280,000 from healthcare savings due to an increased number of Vermont’s newborn infants who are healthy and have normal birthweights).

Commission Celebrates 100th Signer To Equal-Pay Pledge  (Rutland Herald, 2/11/17)
“This project launched on Equal Pay Day 2015 to inform employers about practical steps they can take to eliminate the wage gap in their business and across Vermont,” said Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women.  The project, a voluntary online pledge, was set up to enable Vermont-based employers to get facts and indicate their commitment to closing and abolishing wage disparity based on gender.

Bill Introduction Press Conference: Paid Family and Medical Leave (ORCA Media, 2/2/17)
ORCA Media videotaped this press conference, featuring Reps. Matt Trieber, D-Bellows Falls,  Sarah Copeland Hanzas, D-Bradford, VCW's Cary Brown and

House Bill Would Create Vermont Family And Medical Leave Insurance Program (Vermontbiz.com, 2/2/17)
Earlier this month, the Vermont Commission on Women released a study (link is external) on the feasibility of a family and medical leave insurance program in Vermont. The study demonstrates that a robust insurance program has broad support among Vermonters and businesses and can be financed for a fraction of the cost of private employer-sponsored plans.  The study said that total program costs (including benefits and administrative costs) range from $40.5 million (0.47 percent of total earnings) to $79.4 million (0.93 percent of total earnings).

Scott Promises To Veto Family Leave Bill (Rutland Herald, 2/3/17)
Reps. Matt Trieber, D-Bellows Falls, Sam Young, D-Glover, and Sarah Copeland Hanzas, D-Bradford, said at a State House news conference Thursday they plan to file a bill that will create the pooled insurance program that provides Vermonters up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. The program, which they said will likely be administered by the Vermont Department of Labor, would be funded by a 0.93 percent payroll tax that will be split evenly between employees and employers. Employees would be able to access 100 percent of their regular pay while on approved family or medical leave under the measure.

House Members Propose Paid Leave, Governor Promises Veto  (Vermont Press Bureau,  2/2/17)
House lawmakers unveiled a proposal Thursday for a state-run paid family leave program, which Gov. Phil Scott promised to veto just hours later.

Tripartisan Group Introduces Paid Family Leave Bill  (VTDigger, 2/2/17)
She said the department is reviewing a report the Vermont Commission on Women completed …Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, said the program would save parents money. She said they would collectively spend between $2 million and $3.4 million less on child care every year.

 

January 2017

As Legislative Debate On Paid Family Leave Looms, Report Says Cost Could Hit $79 Million (Vermont Public Radio, 1/6/16)
A proposal to make Vermont the fifth state in the country to ensure paid family and medical leave for all employees in the state could come with price tag of as much as $79 million, according a report released this week by the Vermont Commission on Women.

As Legislative Debate on [Vermont] Paid Family Leave Looms, Report Says Cost could Hit $79 Million (Better Business Bureau, 1/6/17)
A proposal to make Vermont the fifth state in the country to ensure paid family and medical leave for all employees in the state could come with price tag of as much as $79 million, according a report released this week by the Vermont Commission on Women. And while the program won’t come cheap, supporters say the benefits outweigh the cost.

An Open Letter To The United States Senate: Civil And Human Rights Organizations Oppose Confirmation Of Jeff Sessions (The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 1/09/17)
Recipient, Senate Judiciary Committee. United Nations Association-USA East Bay. Vermont Commission on Women. Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Vermonters for Criminal ...

Commission on Women Celebrates 100th signer to Vermont Equal Pay Compact  (Vermont Business Magazine,  1/28/2017)
The Vermont Commission on Women’s Equal Pay Compact, a voluntary online pledge enabling Vermont-based employers to learn more about and to indicate a commitment to closing the gender wage gap, just celebrated an important milestone: the 100th employer to sign on

Change The Story VT: Advancing Women, Fueling the Economy  (Greater Burlington Women’s Forum, 3/21/16)
The good news: Vermont ranks #1 in the country in the proportion of women serving as state legislators. However, just ONE woman currently holds statewide elective office. Indeed, of the 294 citizens elected to hold statewide office since 1778, only 11 have been women. And we are one of 2 states that have NEVER sent a woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. That good news/bad news is a small sample of what you will find in Change The Story VT's status report on women and leadership in Vermont, the fourth in a series of reports on the economic status of women.  Panelists will present the hot-off-the-press findings about Vermont women in leadership in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The report examines women’s presence as leaders in higher education, public safety, on corporate boards and in senior management, and on state and municipal boards and commissions.

 

DECEMBER 2016

Report: Vermont's Many Women-Owned Businesses Are Smaller And Generate Less Revenue  (Vermont Public Radio, 12/31/16)
...“It’s telling us that in some ways women-owned businesses are doing really great compared to the national average and in some ways we’ve got a long way to go,” says Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women.  The report says one-third of all privately held firms in Vermont are owned by women, meaning about twice as many are male-owned. Women make up 51 percent of Vermont’s working-age population.

Activists Demand Hourly Wage Hike to $15 (Barre Montpelier Times Argus, 12/3/16)
She also addressed the wage gap. Dyer said women who work in personal care make $10.73 per hour on average while men make $15.60. She said women who work in offices and administration make $15.50 compared to men making $20.11 per hour.  The numbers they cited came from Change the Story, an initiative started by three Vermont organizations: the Vermont Women’s Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women.

 

NOVEMBER 2016

Opinion: Focus on our existing advantages  (Editorial by Tom Torti, president Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Free Press, 11/29/16)
Today in Vermont, women own and operate over 23,000 businesses that have created over 36,000 jobs. While these companies tend to be small, they nonetheless contribute over $2 billion to our economy. Some may be inclined to think that these are simply “boutique” enterprises. The truth is that they represent the spectrum of enterprises ranging from the construction trades to technology companies.

Main Street Alliance of Vermont Receives Innovations & Collaborations Grant from Vermont Community Foundation  (VTDigger,  11/7/2016)
Main Street Alliance of Vermont recently received a $10,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Innovations and Collaborations grant program to help further Main Street Alliance of Vermont’s mission of bringing business owners to the table by engaging them in stakeholder and community discussions about a statewide family and medical leave insurance program. The Vermont Commission on Women will serve as a collaborating partner in order to provide research and feasibility analysis.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), The Status of Women in the States (2016)
Rights to Request Flexible Work: Workers in Vermont and San Francisco, since 2014, have a formal “right to request” flexible work arrangements. The Vermont law defined these as “intermediate or long-term changes in the employee’s regular working arrangements, including changes in the number of days or hours worked, changes in the time the employee arrives at or departs from work, work from home, or job sharing” (Vermont Commission on Women 2014).

 

OCTOBER 2016

Paid Family Leave Legislation May Hinge On Vermont's Gubernatorial Race (Vermont Public Radio, 10/21/16)
Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, says the gender pay gap in Vermont persists in part because of the disproportionate roles women play in running the household.  “Women simply bear a greater share of the responsibility for taking care of family members than men do, and so paid family leave is one way to try to address that,” Brown says.

Groups Push Vermont to Adopt Paid Family Leave Program (WCAX, 10/19/16)
…Groups push Vermont to adopt paid family leave program…… A new coalition of advocacy groups is pushing for Vermont to adopt a family and medical leave…

Family Center of Washington County Vermont  (Facebook page with photo slideshow of Vermont Family and Medical Leave Insurance program)
Speakers included Cary Brown, Vermont Commission on Women; former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin; ...

Coalition Proposes Statewide Family and Medical Leave Insurance (VtDigger, 9/19/16)
“We've been talking about paid family medical leave since 1964,” said Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, a state agency ...

Groups Push Paid Family-Medical Leave Plan  (Rutland Herald Online, 9/19/16)
The Vermont Family and Medical Leave Insurance Coalition is pushing for a ... take,” Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, ...

Groups Push Paid Family-Medical Leave Plan (Barre Montpelier Times Argus, 9/19/16)
... advocacy organizations and the Vermont Commission on Women launch a campaign for a statewide family and medical leave insurance program.

Madeleine Kunin to Speak at Northern Stage for Vermont Women's Fund Benefit (VTDigger, 10/19/16)
... Fund and Change The Story, a collaborative initiative of the Women's Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women.

WBON Announces Fall Conference Oct. 19   (VTDigger, 10/14/16)
... Fall Conference, which, for the first time, will be held in Montpelier in partnership with the Vermont Commission on Women and Change The Story.

Women Business Owners Network holds Fall Conference (Chester Telegraph, 10/3/16)
The Women Business Owners Network and the Vermont Commission on Women and Change The Story are teaming up for WBON’s 2016 Fall Conference, to be held in Montpelier from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

Organizations Supporting Gender Equity Issues Join Forces with Women Business Owners ...  (Vermont Business Magazine, 9/16)
Women Business Owners Network (WBON), along with the Vermont Commission on Women and Change The Story, are teaming up for WBON's 2016 ...

Secrest reappointed to Vermont Commission on Women  (The Commons, 9/28/16)
Governor Peter Shumlin has reappointed Kerry Secrest of Brattleboro to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women, according ...

At Women's Issues Debate, Minter And Scott Outline Different Approaches (Vermont Public Radio, 9/23/16)
A 90-minute debate at the Statehouse, hosted by the Vermont Commission on Women, sought to draw out candidates' views on paid family leave

Gubernatorial Candidates Debate at State House  (Rutland Herald, 9/23/16)
All three candidates for governor shared a table for the first time Thursday at a State House forum sponsored by the Vermont Commission on Women focused on issues important to women.

VIDEO: Vermont Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Women's Issues Sept 22, 2016 - (VermontInPerson.com, RSM Distributors)
The Vermont Commission on Women, the League of Women Voters of Vermont, and the Vermont Federation of Business and Professional Women presented a Vermont Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Women’s Issues on Thursday, September 22, 2016.  The Forum was moderated by Anne Galloway of VTDigger.org. Candidates attending were: Bill Lee, Liberty Union Party; Sue Minter, Democratic Party; and Phil Scott, Republican Party. Forum held at the Vermont State House, Montpelier, VT.

Women's Issues in Focus at Statehouse Debate  (NBC5, 9/22/16)
All three pledged to fight continuing wage disparities in which Vermont women earn 83 cents on the dollar for comparable work performed by a man, and said they'd protect women's access to reproductive health services, including abortion.

VT Gov. Candidates Discuss Women's Issues at State House Forum (Nexstar TV, 9/22/16)
Three candidates for Governor under Vermont's golden dome debated women's issues on Thursday.   Issues that aren't just important to women," says Democrat Sue Minter. "They are important to our families and they are important to our economy." One issue to come up was tackling the wage gap. " I support equal pay for equal work, and that's because some of the strongest people in my life have been strong, independent women," says Republican Phil Scott.

Women's Concerns Provide Battleground for Candidates  (VTDdigger.org, 9/23/16)
The three major party candidates for governor sparred over issues of particular concern to women during a debate Thursday that featured the first appearance by Liberty Union candidate Bill “Spaceman” Lee.

Gov. Candidates Show Differences On Women's Issues  (Burlington Free Press, 9/22/16)
Republican gubernatorial nominee Phil Scott stuck to his message of making the economy the state's first priority at Thursday's forum on women's issues, while Democratic candidate Sue Minter said her experiences as a working mother gave her insight into what the state's women need.

Watch a live gubernatorial debate on women's issues at noon today (VTDigger.org, 9/22/16)
The event is sponsored by the Vermont Commission on Women , the League of Women Voters of Vermont , and Vermont Federation of Business and ...

In His First Gubernatorial Debate, Liberty Union Candidate Bill Lee Highlights His Outsider Status  (Vermont Public Radio, 9/22/16)
On Thursday afternoon, Liberty Union candidate Bill “Spaceman” Lee made his debut on the gubernatorial debate stage. Seated alongside Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott, the former Red Sox lefty fielded questions about issues facing Vermont women. And the Craftsbury resident made it clear early on that he isn’t your average candidate.

Addressing Women's Issues, Scott Potrays Himself as a Moderate  (Seven Days, 9/22/16)
Three candidates for Governor under Vermont's golden dome debated women's issues on Thursday. "Issues that aren't just important to women," says Democrat Sue Minter. "They are important to our families and they are important to our economy." One issue to come up was tackling the wage gap. "I support equal pay for equal work, and that's because some of the strongest people in my life have been strong, independent women," says Republican Phil Scott.

Gov. candidates show differences on women's issues - GeosNews  (GeoNews, 9/22/16)
 ... making the economy the state's first priority at Thursday's forum on women's issues, while Democratic candidate Sue Minter said her experiences as a working ...

What Vermont's Gubernatorial Candidates Pledge to Do for Women (Governing, 9/23/16)
Republican gubernatorial nominee Phil Scott stuck to his message of making the economy the state's first priority at Thursday's forum on women's issues ...

Women's Organizations Host Gubernatorial Candidate Forum (Vermont State Nurses Association,  9/7/16)
This non-partisan event is presented by the Vermont Commission on Women, the League of Women Voters of Vermont, and Vermont Federation of ...

Debate on Women's Issues  (Stowe Reporter, 9/8/16)
A gubernatorial candidate forum on women's issues will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier.

Minter and Scott to debate 10 more times before election  (VTDigger.org, 9/1/16)
The two major-party gubernatorial nominees are scheduled to meet in 10 more debates before Election Day in November. September 22nd…Vermont Commission on Women

 

AUGUST 2016

Phil Scott Releases General Election Debate Schedule (VTDigger.org, 8/31/16)
Phil Scott’s campaign today released a list of the eleven (11) debates Scott will participate in prior to the General Election

Secret Re-appointed to Vermont Commission on Women (Brattleboro Reformer, 8/31/16)
Secrest is a leadership coach for individuals and organizations through Watershed Coaching, her Brattleboro-based firm. She leads trainings in the areas of team-building, women's leadership, understanding multigenerational work environments, change management, strategic planning, conflict resolution, and leadership development.

Dennett of Cambridge and Secrest of Brattleboro reappointed to Vermont Commission on Women (Vermont Business Magazine, 8/29/16)
Governor Peter Shumlin has reappointed Charlotte Dennett of Cambridge and Kerry Secrest of Brattleboro to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW). Both will serve additional four-year terms.

Sue Minter Wants To Require Paid Family And Medical Leave  (Vermont Public Radio, 8/27/16)
The Vermont Commission on Women won a $173,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to conduct an analysis of cost and possible financing

Debate Shows Clear Contrast Between Vermont's Gubernatorial Candidates  (Vermont Public Radio, 8/24/16)
Democrat Sue Minter says she wants government to be a catalyst for economic growth. Republican Phil Scott says government needs to get out of the way. And those fiscal philosophies clashed this week in the first gubernatorial debate of the general election.

Vermont Women’s Fund Builds Strong Partnerships with Private and Public Sectors  (Women's Funding Network, 8/25/16)
In Vermont, 43% of women who work full-time do not make enough to cover basic living expenses, such as food, housing, transportation, and healthcare. To radically change the story for these women, Vermont Women’s Fund decided they needed to scale their efforts. To do this: they needed partners. In 2014, they committed $90,000 a year to a 3-year initiative called “Change the Story.” By partnering with Vermont’s Commission on Women and Vermont Works for Women, and through support from several local philanthropic foundations, they have almost doubled their initial financial commitment.

Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate (Seven Days – OffMessage, 8/23/2016)
Monday’s forum, moderated by Vermont Public Radio reporter Peter Hirschfeld and Rutland Herald reporter Lola Duffort, was the first since Scott and Minter won their parties’ August 9 primary elections...The next scheduled debate, sponsored by the Vermont Commission on Women and the League of Women Voters of Vermont, is on September 22 in Montpelier.

 

JULY 2016

CSJ and Vermont Women's Fund: “Change the Story” for Women's Economic Security  (College of St. Joseph, 7/23/66)
Members of the Rutland community heard startling statistics about women’s economic security at a discussion co-hosted by The Vermont Women’s Fund and College of St. Joseph on July 20. Attendees were urged to do all they can to “change the story” regarding women’s economic empowerment, since the trends are still mired in gender inequality that persists even in this “post-feminist age” and decades after the women’s movement began.

 

MAY 2016

Middlebury College Perpetuates Vermont's Gender-based Labor Divide  (Middlebury Campus, 5/12/16)
The College Board reported that female high school students in Vermont are .... were back in 1970,” said Cary Brown of the Vermont Commission on Women.

Vermont’s Wage Gap Widens As Women Get Older  (Vermont Public Radio, 5/4/16)
A new report on women in the Vermont workforce has found that the income disparity between men and women grows even wider when women retire or go on Social Security. 

Changing the Economic Story for Vermont Women (Vermont Woman via PDF, April/May 2016)
Did you know that in Vermont that 43 percent of women who work full-time do not earn enough to cover basic living expenses as defined by Vermont's Joint Fiscal Office?

Working More, Getting Less: Vermont's Working Women Struggle to Get Ahead  (The Vermont Conversation with David Goodman, 5/4/16)
…“Where Women Work and Why It Matters,” developed by Change the Story VT paints a disturbing picture of the plight of working women in Vermont. 43% of VT women who work full-time do not make enough to cover basic living expenses. Women who work full-time are disproportionately employed in low-wage jobs – across every age group, at every level of education. And Vermont women are especially vulnerable in their senior years, when their median annual income from Social Security ($10,000) is half that of men ($20,000)...

The Work And Wages Of Vermont's Women (Vermont Public Radio's Vermont Edition, 5/4/16)
Women are significantly more likely than men to live in poverty or economic insecurity in Vermont. And 43 percent of Vermont women who work full-time do not make enough to cover basic living expenses.

Vermonter to Meet NYT Journalist Who Inspired Her Company  (Rutland Herald,  5/2/16)
“It's the exact same day,” she said, referring to Tuesday, when she gets to meet Jodi Kantor, the New York Times journalist who inspired her 

Report Finds Working Women Still In The 1970s In Vermont  (VtDigger, 5/1/16)
Women in Vermont still tend to choose the same traditionally female professions — such as teaching and nursing — that they did in the 1970s, despite their greatly increased opportunities. And that may cost them and their families, according to a recent report, because female-dominated fields pay less.

Vermonter to meet journalist who inspired her company | Business ...  (Business Vermont,  5/2/16)
The benefit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday will also spotlight, an initiative of the Vermont Women's Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women and Vermont ...

Promoting Breastfeeding (Report from Association Of State And Territorial Health Officials Learning Community, 2016)
Developed by the Vermont Commission on Women and the Vermont Department of Health in 2008, this fact sheet includes information for employers and employees about the Vermont law protecting nursing mothers in the worksite...

 

APRIL 2016

Shumlin: Work must continue to close pay gap  (WCAX-TV,  4/12/16)
Gov. Peter Shumlin, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, and the Vermont Commission on Women are among those observing Pay Equity Day, which highlights continuing ...

Vermont's 20th Annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference - Senator Patrick Leahy (PDF, 4/29/16)
Workshop: Your Legal Rights in the Workplace Presenters: Cary Brown, Karen Richards & Julio Thompson.

New report on wage disparities in Vermont - WCAX.COM ...  (WCAX’s The :30, 4/12/16)
April 12 is Equal Pay Day. We are digging deeper into the pay gap between men and women with a look at a study just released by a Vermont nonprofit.  That organization put together the report called "Where Vermont Women Work and Why it Matters." Bluemle appeared on "The :30" to tell us about the findings.

Women's pay gap condemned  (Barre Montpelier Times Argus, 4/12/16)
“I’m so happy to be here with you today, but I have to tell you that I’m going to be even happier the year we’re not all here today,” said Carrie Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women.

Jodi Kantor Of The New York Times To Speak At Vermont Women’s Fund Benefit On May 3rd  (VtDigger, 4/12/16)
The benefit also spotlights Change the Story, an initiative of the Vermont Women's Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women.

Gov. Shumlin, Sen. Leahy among those marking Pay Equity Day  (WPTZ, 4/12/16)
Gov. Peter Shumlin, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, and the Vermont Commission on Women are among those observing Pay Equity Day, which highlights continuing wage disparities between men and women.

Shumlin, Leahy among those marking Pay Equity Day (Associated Press, 4/12/16)
Gov. Peter Shumlin, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, and the Vermont Commission on Women are among those observing Pay Equity Day, which highlights continuing wage disparities between men and women.  Leahy marked the occasion in Washington with a speech on the Senate floor calling it unacceptable that women nationally make 79 cents when men in similar jobs make a dollar.  In Vermont, women do a little better, earning 84 percent of what men do. But Shumlin signed a proclamation calling for the state to do better.  Three groups working on women's issues, meanwhile, issued a report pointing to men and women being segregated into different jobs as one source of pay disparity.

Pay Equity Advocates To Rally At Statehouse (Bennington Banner, 4/11/16)
The
Vermont Commission On Women Says The Pay Gap Between Men And Women In Vermont Is 16 Percent, ...

Shumlin, Leahy Among Those Marking Equal Pay Day (Caledonian Record, 4/12/16)

Pay Equity Advocates to Rally at the State House  (Washington Times, 4/11/16)
The Vermont Commission on Women says the pay gap between men and women in Vermont is 16 percent, with men making an average of $42,000 ...

Advocates call for equal pay for women  (Vermont Press Bureau, 4/12/16)
Politicians and advocates decried what they referred to as “occupational segregation” during Equal Pay Day. Tuesday marked Equal Pay Day in Vermont and across the country, as advocates highlighted the pay disparity between wages earned by men and women.  At the State House, speakers addressed the disparity and released a report showing many jobs that pay a living wage are dominated by men, while women are more likely to be employed in fields that do not pay enough to survive, based on figures from the state’s Joint Fiscal Office.

VT Working to Close Gender Wage Gap - Story ... (WVNY CH.22, 4/12/16)
Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, a day shedding light on the wage gap between men and women. Unfortunately new data shows the sexes are far from equal.

It's official! Today is Equal Pay Day   (WVNY Local 22 Facebook, 4/12/16)
Strong women at the Statehouse are closing the gap.

Equal Pay Day Highlights Gender Wage Gap  (WAMC, 4/12/16)
T
oday is Equal Pay Day. The date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to catch up to what men were paid the year before. That’s based on national figures, but New York and a few other Northeastern states fare better.

Check please! Green Mountain Mornings  (WKVT 100.3 FM and 1490 WKVT, 4/12/16)
Where women stand on Equal Pay Day 2016 (podcast).

 

MARCH 2016

Vermont Law School Presents 'Sex, Race, and Empowerment in the 21st Century' April 15 
(VTDigger, 3/29/16)
... Pride Center of Vermont, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and Vermont Commission on Women. Nationally recognized reproductive ...

Vermont's First Women of the Long Trail  (Seven Days, 3/23/16)
Presented by the Vermont Historical Society, the Vermont Commission on Women and the GMC, "Green Mountain Girls" aims to provide a glimpse of 

Democratic Governors Association Best Practices Guide 2016
Vermont Governor Shumlin launched the Vermont Equal Pay Compact in conjunction with the Vermont Commission on Women to mark National Equal Pay Day, the initiative aims to boost wages for Vermont women and make progress towards equal pay for men and women. The voluntary agreement was first signed by the State of Vermont, as well as a number of private businesses in the state. The compact requires those that sign to commit to at least three steps to close the wage gap.

VT Bill Would Give Pregnant Workers a Break  (USA Today, 3/5/17)
Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill that would require employers to offer accommodations for pregnant employees, such as more frequent bathroom breaks or different work schedules.

Thinking about Basic Income on International Women's Day (Basic Income News, 3/8/16)
Since 1909, International Women’s Day has been a day for recognizing women’s economic, political and social achievements.  Yet over the past century, March 8 Women’s Day celebrations have revealed tensions between feminists, socialists and anarchists about the meaning of women’s roles in society

 

FEBRUARY 2016

Podcast: Open Mike, WDEV AM/FM's Public Affairs Program  (WDEV, 2/11/16)
Features VCW's Cary Brown and Change the Story VT Director Tiffany Bluemle explaining what this Change the S/tory means for Vermont women and girls!

WCAX-TV/Ch. 3's THE :30: Salary Negotiation: Women, Work and Unequal Wages  (2/9/16)
Features VCW's Cary Brown addressing salary negotiation and Change the Story's Women, Work and Wages report

Women and Inequality  (Stowe Reporter, 2/11/16)
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has built his presidential campaign on income inequality — the huge and growing gap between rich people and the rest of the population.  Change The Story VT has collected data showing that income inequality hits women particularly hard. The organization, supported by the Vermont Women’s Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women, had issued a report on women, work and wages in Vermont, using data that is not regularly collected.

VTC Recruiting Women  (Valley News, 2/8/16)
Toward that end, Vermont Tech will collaborate with Vermont Works for Women and Change the Story VT — organizations created by the Vermont Commission on Women — in recruiting women to those fields, supporting them in their majors and helping finding them jobs after college.

Vermont Tech Announces Enrollment Targets for Gender Equity Initiative  (Vermont Business Magazine,  2/3/16)
Holding a press conference at its Williston campus Wednesday, Vermont Tech announced its initiative to tackle workforce development, economic development and gender equity by significantly increasing participation rates among women in several historically male-dominated fields. The college has set new annual female enrollment growth targets in civil and environmental engineering technology, computer information technology, computer software engineering, construction management, and mechanical engineering technology. 

New VTC Initiative to Increase Women’s Enrollment in STEM Fields  (WCAX, 2/3/16)
Coverage of VTC press conference.

 

JANUARY 2016

Vermont Commission On Women Highlight Wage Gap In Retirement Years VTDigger, 1/29/16)
 (Montpelier) – week marks the seventh anniversary of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This was an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of ...

A 2016 Status Report on Women Changes the Story  (Shelburne News, 1/27/16)
Change The Story VT, a multi-year initiative fueled by the Vermont Women’s Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women, has released the first of a series of briefs called “2016 Status Report: Women, Work and Wages in Vermont” on the status of women in Vermont. 

Wage Gap in Retirement Years (Common Good Vermont Blog, 1/16/16)
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer ...

Common Good Vermont Newsletter  (Common Good Vermont, 1/20/16)
Women, Work and Wages report (link). More data resources on nonprofit wages…

Change The Story: A 2016 Status Report on Women, Work and Wages in Vermont  (VTDigger, 1/18/16)
Change The Story VT (CTS), a multi-year initiative fueled by the Vermont Women’s Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women, has released the first of a series of briefs called “2016 Status Report: Women, Work and Wages in Vermont” on the status of women in Vermont.

Change The Story VT  (Barre Montpelier Times Argus, 1/16/16)
“The objective of Change The Story is to move the needle of women’s economic security — faster. This initial compilation of information focuses on demographic data and represents months of diving deep into state and national data, reports, and other ancillary resources to create an accurate snapshot of the state of women in Vermont when it comes to work and wages."...

Change the Story: Women, Work and Wages in Vermont   (Common Good Vermont Blog, 1/15/16)
Change The Story VT (CTS), a multi-year initiative fueled by the Vermont Women's Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for...

 

DECEMBER 2015

Vermont Supreme Court rejects DOC gender discrimination suit  (VTDigger, 12/30/16)
…The three women filed the suit in March 2014, claiming that they were paid as much as $10,000 less than a male colleague, named as John Doe, who held the same job.

Court rejects women's lawsuit against state  (Rutland Herald, 12/30/15)
Supporting briefs for the case were filed by the Vermont Law School on behalf of the Vermont Commission on Women, Vermont Legal Aid, the ...

Comcast Newsmakers: Cary Brown/Vermont Commission on Women (Video - 5 min., 12/21/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women, an independent non-partisan state commission, works to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls in Vermont. Executive Director, Cary Brown, joins Eric Clemons on this edition Comcast Newsmakers.

Vermont Human Resources Association  (Newsletter, 12/2/15) 
Change The Story (CTS) is a initiative spearheaded by The Vermont Women's Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women focused on improving the economic status of women in Vermont. While women have made significant progress over the past three decades they continue to be a disproportionate share of those living in poverty.

Summit Examines the Financial State of Vermont Women (Vermont Woman, Nov./Dec.)
/Making affordable childcare available, paying childcare providers a livable wage, helping women get into n/ontraditional professions, supporting women business owners—these were among the many issues discussed at a free, daylong conference

Women elected to Vt. boards in low numbers (Rutland Herald, 12/13/15)
For every five men who serve on a town or city governing board in Vermont, there is one woman.  That number hasn’t changed much in the past six years, according to the Governor’s Commission on Women.  In a data analysis, the Rutland Herald ...

Women can lead   (Barre Montpelier Times Argus 12/14/15)
As Vermont Commission on Women Executive Director Cary Brown said in the article, “That is kind of a pipeline to higher office. Women will often start ...

Stalled progress for women in state legislatures   (Wisconsin Gazette, 12/8/15)
Cary Brown, director of Vermont's Commission on Women, credits the small size of the state's districts for its relatively high percentage of female  

Stalled Progress for Women in State Legislatures  (Stateline, Pew Charitable Trust’s public policy research and analysis blog, 12/8/15)
“We have over 40 percent women in the state Legislature, but we’ve never sent a woman to Washington, so we’ve still got work to do,” Brown said.

 

NOVEMBER 2015

The Truth of the Matter: Wage discrimination has no place in Vermont  (Bennington Banner, 11/4/15)
I read a piece by Erin Mansfield in VTDigger titled, "Summit spotlights financial woes faced by women." Mansfield was reporting on a summit that was held by the Vermont Commission on Women and the Women's Legislative Caucus. The two organizations sponsored the first Women's Economic Security Summit at the Vermont Statehouse.

Vermont Commission on Women welcomes Hannah Elle Myers of Norwich (VTDigger, 11/16/15)
Ms. Myers spent several years as Staff Attorney serving clients in the Northeast Kingdom for Have Justice – Will Travel (HJWT), a Vermont non-profit providing holistic pro-bono representation to low-income victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Mathematics Prof. Cathy Frey Appointed to Vermont Commission on Women (Norwich University News, November 2016)
Norwich University Professor of Mathematics Cathy Frey has been appointed to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women by Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith.

Vermont Commission on Women welcomes Hannah Elle Myers  (Vermont Business Magazine, 11/18/2015 )
The Vermont Commission on Women welcomes Hannah Elle Myers of Norwich as Executive Staff Assistant. Myers spent several years as Staff Attorney serving clients in the Northeast Kingdom for Have Justice – Will Travel (HJWT), a Vermont non-profit providing holistic pro-bono representation to low-income victims of domestic and sexual violence. Myers provided direct free legal services to hundreds

About - - Change The Story (November, 2015)
Nov 19, 2015 - Change The Story is an initiative of three statewide organizations – the Vermont Women’s Fund, theVermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women – organizations with a longstanding focus on women’s economic well-being.

 

OCTOBER 2015

Taking the Lead: Women & Families in the Workplace in Vermont (WDEV Radio Vermont, The Vermont Conversation with host David Goodman, 10/28/15)
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 70 percent of women with children under age 18 are in the U.S. workforce, and working mothers are the sole or primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households. Is Vermont a leader or laggard when it comes to providing opportunities for women and families in the workplace? We talk with people who have taken the lead in making workplaces women and family friendly.
Bram Kleppner, CEO, Danforth Pewter
Cary Brown, Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women
Russ Elek, Communication and Membership Manager, VBSR
Sarah Lord, Seventh Generation
Sascha Mayer, CEO and Co-founder, Mamava,
Gwen Pokalo, Director of the Women’s Small Business Program at Mercy Connections

House Speaker Shap Reappoints Cathy Grey to Serve on the Vermont Commission on Women   (Common Good Vermont Blog, 10/28/15)
... a toll-free information and referral service at 800-881-1561 and many publications, including the handbook The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont.

Cathy Frey reappointed to Vermont Commission on Women   (VTDigger.org, 10/25/15)
Rep. Shap Smith, Speaker of the Vermont House has appointed Cathy Frey of Barre to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women.

Speaker Shap Smith reappoints Cathy Frey to Vermont Commission on Women   (Vermont Biz, 10/24/15)
Speaker of the Vermont House Shap Smith has appointed Cathy Frey of Barre to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. 

Women Can Do 2015   (VWW, 10/15)
509 girls representing over 60 schools descended onto
Vermont Technical College’s Randolph campus on Oct. 15, 2015, for the 17th annual Women Can Do conference.

Vt. summit addresses women's economic security  (WCAX, 10/8/15)
About 150 women turned out for this year's Vermont Women's Economic Security Summit in Montpelier…

Vermont Summit Addresses Women's Economic Security  (Washington Times, 10/8/15)
The director of the women’s bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor is speaking at the Vermont Women’s Economic Security Summit in Montpelier

Summit spotlights financial woes faced by women  (VTDigger, 10/9/15)
Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, said one of the biggest issues still driving women's economic insecurity is 

Summit Tackles Equality For Women at Work  (Vermont Press Bureau, 10/9/15)
From the wage gap to the challenge of child care, there is still work to be done before women reach equality in the workforce. That was a main theme of the Vermont Women’s Economic Security Summit, which drew about 100 women to the State House on Thursday to hear from an array of panelists who addressed challenges faced by working women in Vermont and across the country.

Women's Commission Receives Study Grant   (Northfield News, 10/8/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women will receive a $173,794 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau to study the feasibility of ...

Vermont summit to address women's economic security  (Washington Times, 10/8/15)
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The director of the women's bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor is speaking at the Vermont Women's Economic Security ...

Vermont Commission on Women awarded $173794 federal grant to help develop state paid family ...    (Vermont Business Magazine, 10/6/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women has been awarded a $173,794 grant from the US Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau to study the feasibility of developing a statewide paid family and medical leave program. Such a program would ensure all Vermont workers have access to paid time off to care for themselves, a new child, or a seriously ill family member, the Department of Labor has announced

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

Grant fuels study of paid family, medical leave  (Rutland Herald, 9/30/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women has received a $174,000 grant to study the implementation of paid family and medical leave in Vermont. 

Commission on Women to study paid leave  (Burlington Free Press, 9/30/15)
The study will include a survey of Vermont employers to ascertain who offers paid family and medical leave and how often it is used,

Grant fuels study of paid family, medical leave (Barre Montpelier Times Argus, 9/30/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women has received a $174,000 grant to study the implementation of paid family and medical leave in ...

Vt. Women’s Commission receives $173,000 to study paid leave (VTDigger, 9/30/15)
Advocates for statewide paid family and medical leave received a boost Tuesday with the announcement of a federal grant to study the concept. The Vermont Commission on Women will receive $173,794 to “analyze possible administrative structures, including both public and private models” for paid leave,

Read the abstract   (US Department of Labor)
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) will conduct a feasibility study building on the work of 2013 Paid Family. Leave Study Committee ...

Department awards $1.55M to study paid family, medical leave implementation (U.S. Department of Labor)
US Labor Secretary: Paid leave ‘for the good of our families, strength of our economy'

WASHINGTON — Continuing its efforts to support working families and encourage policies that reflect the realities of the 21st Century workforce, the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau today awarded $1.55 million in grants to research and analyze how paid leave programs can be developed and implemented across the country.

Vt. Women's Commission receives $173000 to study paid leave  (GeosNews, 9/30/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women will receive $173,794 to “analyze possible administrative structures, including both public and private models” 

The Vermont Women’s Economic Security Summit   (Common Good Vermont, 9/21/15)

Encouraging Progress on Paid Leave (U.S. Department of Labor Blog, 9/29/15)

Details of paid-leave proposal debated (The Commons, 9/23/15)
Kerry Secrest, a Brattleboro resident who serves on the Vermont Commission on Women, said touting the economic benefits of paid leave is one way 

Paid leave groups gather public input at forums  (VTDigger, 9/16/15)
Kerry Secrest, a Brattleboro resident who serves on the Vermont Commission on Women, speaks

Saxtons River's Buchdahl Reappointed as VCW Commissioner  (Brattleboro Reformer, 9/8/15)
The Vermont Democratic Party has reappointed a Saxtons River resident as commissioner of the Vermont Commission on Women.

Carol Buchdahl, Susie Hudson and Colin Ryan Appointed to Vermont Commission on Women  (VTDigger, 9/5/2015)
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women’s issues guide VCW’s public education,

Appointments to Vermont Commission on Women  (Common Good, 9/4/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women’s issues guide VCW’s public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts.

News on Employers, Paid Leave, and Job Scheduling: Vermont Commission On Women and Main Street Alliance Announce Community Forums on Family Leave  (Getting Down to Business Newsletter, Center for Law and Social Policy - CLASP, September 2015)
The Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance of Vermont have announced community forums to explore the possibility of a state-run Temporary Disability and Caregiver Insurance Program that would fund paid family medical leave. Lindsay DesLauriers, state director of the Main Street Alliance of Vermont, told CLASP: "Vermont has an incredible brain trust of intelligent and engaged citizens. These forums are a way to benefit from a broad conversation as interest grows among state law makers to figure out how we can address the need for a paid family and medical leave insurance program.” The five forums will be held around the state throughout September and October.

(Barre Montpelier Times Argus, 9/2/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women, or VCW, recently announced several appointments to the commission. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women’s issues guide VCW’s public education,

 

AUGUST 2015

Shumlin, Smith Call For Paid Sick Leave On Women’s Equality Day  (VTDigger, 8/26/15)
On the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote, officials gathered to call for passage of a paid sick days bill in the next legislative session. Boosters say the legislation would bring Vermont a step closer to women’s equality.

Paid Sick Time Advocates Rally in Burlington  (WCAX, 8/26/15)
There's a push for paid sick time in Vermont. Political leaders, advocates and business owners met at Hen of the Wood restaurant in Burlington, one of the places supporting sick time for employees. The group used Women's Equality Day to call on lawmakers to pass legislation requiring companies to offer paid sick time for employees if they are ill or if their child is and they need

At the Hospitals (8/30/15, Valley News)
Hosted by Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance of Vermont, the forums will examine the possibility of creating a state-run

Lawmakers Put Paid Sick Leave Atop 2016 Agenda  (Seven Days, 8/26/15)
House Speaker Shap Smith (D-Morristown), left, talks about plans to pass legislation next year requiring employers to offer paid sick leave, as Gov. Peter Shumlin looks on Wednesday at Hen of the Wood restaurant in Burlington.

Paid Sick Days Bill Gains Supporters  (Addison Eagle, 8/27/15)
— Several Vermont business and political leaders called for the Paid Sick Days Bill to become law in 2016 in Burlington, Aug. 26. The group gathered to celebrate Women’s Equality Day and set a priority to take a step closer to women’s equality with the Paid Sick Days Bill.

(8/21/15 Brattleboro Reformer)
Brattleboro: Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance of Vermont will host free community forum on Sept. 15 at the Latchis Theatre,

Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance of Vermont Announce Series of Paid Family and Medical Leave Forums (VTDigger, 8/19/15)
Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance of Vermont will host a series of free community forums across the state this fall focusing on long-term paid family and medical leave.  These forums examine the possibility of developing and implementing a state-run Temporary Disability and Caregiver Insurance (TDCI) Program in our state as a funding mechanism for leave. Participants will explore the need for a TDCI program; how similar programs have been implemented in other states; and what a successful TDCI program could look like for Vermont.

Gov. Shumlin Appoints Colin Ryan to Vermont Commission on Women  (VTDigger, 8/9/15)
Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed Colin Ryan of Burlington to the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW).

Gov. Shumlin Appoints Colin Ryan to Vermont Commission on Women (Issued 8/6/15, Governor Shumlin)
Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed Colin Ryan of Burlington to the Vermont Commission on Women
Established in 1964, VCW is a non-partisan state government commission advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls.

Gov. Shumlin Appoints New Commissioner to Vermont Commission on Women (WVNY/WFFF Local 22 & Local 44 News, 8/6/15)
According to the governor's office, the VCW is a non-partisan state government commission that advances rights and opportunities for women and girls.

 

JULY 2015

Governor Shumlin Reappoints Ruth Finn of Barre to the Vermont Commission On Women (CommonGoodVT, 7/1/15)
Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Ruth Finn of Barre to serve a third term as Commissioner on the state’s Vermont Commission on Women (VCW).

VWLE Joins VCW  (Photo (jpg)/Vermont Woman, Summer 2015)

Governor Shumlin reappoints Ruth Finn of Barre to Vermont Commission on Women  (Vermont Business Magaine, 7/14/15)
Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Ruth Finn of Barre to serve a third term as Commissioner on the state’s Vermont Commission on Women (VCW). Finn has served on the VCW since 2003 and brings a wealth of public service experience and an interest in women’s history to the Commission. 

 

JUNE 2015

Governor Shumlin Reappoints Ruth Finn to the Vermont Commission on Women (VTDigger, 6/30/15)
Ms. Finn has served on the VCW since 2003 and brings a wealth of public service experience and an interest in women’s history to the Commission.

Marcia Merrill re-elected chair of Vermont Commission on Women  (VTDigger, 6/22/15)
The sixteen appointed members of the state agency, the Vermont Commission on Women, have re-elected Marcia Merrill of Jericho to serve a 4th term as Chair  

Legal Rights of Women inVermont Vermont Standard in Woodstock (The Vermont Standard, 6/17/15)
 Call Vermont Commission on Women or go on-line to view the handbook, The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont: www.women.vermont.gov / 1-800-881-1561.

Hires and Promotions  (Burlington Free Press, 6/10/15)
Bluemle served as executive director of Vermont Works for Women for 17 years before stepping down in February 2015 to head Change The Story, an independent partnership of VWW, the Vermont Commission on women and the Vermont Women's Fund. Change The Story was established to advance the state's economy by advancing women.

 

MAY 2015

 Group welcomes two VLS interns  (Rutland Herald, 5/30/15)
VLS students Maeve Callaghan and Arden Florian will write, research state and federal statutes and work with experts in the field to update the handbook with recently passed laws.

Group welcomes two VLS interns  (Barre Montpelier Times Argus, 5/30/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women will welcome two Vermont Law School students as interns to assist with updating its handbook, “The ...

New internships honor former Vt. Law School Professor  (WCAX‑TV, 5/29/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women has formally launched two internships in honor of former Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna. The two students ..

Vermont Law School Students Participate in Cheryl Hanna Legal Rights of Women Internship  (VTDigger, 5/29/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women will welcome two Vermont Law School students as interns to assist with updating its handbook, “The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont,” during a summer internship program in the late Professor Cheryl Hanna’s memory.

Vermont internship named for Cheryl Hanna  (Burlington Free Press, 5/29/15)
Two law students will work this summer in an internship named after Cheryl Hanna, a Vermont Law School professor, legal analyst and Burlington resident who died in July.

Vermont Women in Law Enforcement newest advisory council member of Vermont Commission on Women... (VTDigger, 5/15/15)
“Vermont Women in Law Enforcement is extremely honored to be a member of the Advisory Council for the Vermont Commission on Women,” said ...

Pat Neer honored by AAUW as a Woman of Distinction (The Commons)
presentation by Kerry Secrest, founder of Watershed Coaching and a member of the Vermont Commission on Women, who spoke about challenges 

Community-Based Learning: Connecting Students With Their World (Edutopia)
George Lucas’ (creator of Star Wars) educational foundation, Edutopia highlighted Montpelier High School as part of their series of "Schools that Work".   Their video features VCW’s legislative intern, Alex Stetter from Montpelier High School in action at the State House.  Alex joined us for the full school year, including the 2014 legislative session through the high school’s community based learning program.

Could 2015 Be The Year You Win A Grant? (FedEx, 5/7/15)
My husband, Steve, was in commercial real estate and I was in higher education and then worked at the Vermont Commission on Women,” explained Judith Irving..

Vermont Women in Law Enforcement newest advisory council member of the Commission on Women..  (Bennington Banner, 5/5/15)
The organization Vermont Women in Law Enforcement was voted in to the roster of Advisory Council members of the Vermont Commission on Women. 
 

 

APRIL 2015

Vermont History Day 2015 Results - Vermont Historical ... (Vermont Historical Society PDF, issued 4/29/15)
Deborah Pickman Clifford Vermont Women's History Prize. Vermont Commission on Women, Education and Research Foundation. Politics Through the Eyes of .

Balancing the needs of working Vermonters with small business (Brattleboro Reformer 4/26/15)
Attendees included Associated Industries of Vermont, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Commission on Women, the Vermont Retail and Grocers' Association, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

Vermont Lawmakers Discuss Ways to Close Annual Budget Gaps (WCAX, 4/24/15)
suggests cutting back on government services and streamlining others like merging the human rights commission with the commission on women without reducing the scope of work.

Obama Honors Red Hen Owners (Barre Montpelier Times Argus, 4/20/15)
Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Commission on Women launched the Vermont Equal Pay Compact, an initiative to raise women's wages, improve ...

Op-Ed: Governor Peter Shumlin on Employment Equity – “Helping Vermonters Succeed” (Common Good Vermont Blog, 4/18/15)
That's why I stood with the Vermont Commission on Women to launch the Vermont Equal Pay Compact in Vermont. Modeled after a similar initiative in ...

Equal Pay Compact Launched (Rutland Herald, 4/18/15)
To mark National Equal Pay Day, the governor signed a proclamation making April 14 Equal Pay Day in Vermont. Nationally, the U.S. Department of ...

Vermont Announces Initiative To Close Wage Gap (WAMC - Northeast Public Radio is a regional public radio network serving parts of seven northeastern United States, 4/17/15)
In an effort to close the wage gap, Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Commission on Women have launched the Vermont Equal Pay Compact.

Another View: Helping Vermonters Succeed  (Brattleboro Reformer, 4/17/15)
That's why I stood with the Vermont Commission on Women to launch the Vermont Equal Pay Compact, which asks signing employers to commit to at ...

Equal Pay Compact launched (Barre Montpelier Times Argus, 4/17/15)
Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Commission on Women recently launched the Vermont Equal Pay Compact. The initiative aims ...

Governor Shumlin, VT Commission on Women Launch Equal Pay Initiative (WVNY/WFFF Local 22 & Local 44 News, 4/14/15)
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Commission on Women are launching the Vermont Equal Pay Compact. 

Governor's Press Conference - Equal Pay Day   (VTDigger Video, 4/14/15)
Includes announcement of the Vermont Equal Pay Compact

Shumlin Endorses Paid Sick Leave Bill  (WPTZ, 4/14/15)
…The governor's comments came during a news conference where he highlighted National Equal Pay Day and announced a new voluntary effort to get Vermont businesses to pledge to pay women equally to men.

Shumlin backs paid sick leave bill (Burlington Free Press, 4/14/15)
Shumlin said the state would be the first employer to sign onto the Vermont Equal Pay Compact, which was launched Tuesday in …

Gov. Shumlin And Vermont Commission On Women Launch Vermont Equal Pay Compact  (VTDigger, 4/15/15)
Marking National Equal Pay Day – the date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year – Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Commission on Women today launched the Vermont Equal Pay Compact. The initiative aims to boost wages for Vermont women, improve economic security for women and their families, and make progress towards the overdue right of equal pay for men and women.

Gov. Shumlin Vermont Commission on Women Launch Equal Pay Initiative  (My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22, 4/14/15)
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Commission on Women are launching the Vermont Equal Pay Compact.

Press Conference coverage (WPTZ  4/14/15)
Footage of Governor Shumlin's press conference on Equal Pay Day. Includes launch of the Vermont Equal Pay Compact.

Shumlin and Vermont Commission on Women Launch Vermont Equal Pay Compact (Vermont Business Magazine, 4/15/15)

Shumlin throws his support behind paid sick days bill (WCAX, 4/14/15)
…Shumlin throws his support behind paid sick days bill…… New momentum at the Vt. Statehouse for a law requiring paid sick leave for workers. But while the…

Gov. Shumlin and VT Commission on Women Launch Vermont Equal Pay Compact  (Governor Shumlin's website)
Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Commission on Women today launched the Vermont Equal Pay Compact. The initiative aims to boost wages for...

Cary Brown (Vermont Woman, April/May 2015)
Cary Brown has been advocating for women's equality most of her life...

 

MARCH 2015

Column: Let's Hear Women Commentators (Valley News, 4/5/15)
A trio of female scholars, invited to ponder the question by the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Commission on Women, did not equivocate ...

The First Woman (Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Women’s History Month Commentary by VCW’s Cary Brown, 3/25/15)
Women’s History Month gives us a lot of opportunity to reflect on notable “firsts.”The first woman to cross a gender line and break into a traditionally male-dominated role – in any field – is an easy focus for our attention.

Captain Jonas Breaks the Vermont State Police Brass Ceiling  (Seven Days, 3/25/15)
According to Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, none of Vermont's sheriffs are female, and only three of its 62 ...

Around Windham County - Brattleboro Reformer  (Brattleboro Reformer, 3/2/15)
…Funding would be eliminated for the Governor's Institutes, the Vermont Commission on Women, the Vermont Council on the Arts, the Vermont Historical Society ...

2016 Presidential Campaign Blog: Republican National Committee...  (3/2/15)
…Currently, Ms. Hudson is a board member of the Vermont Enhanced 9-1-1, the Vermont Commission on Women and is a member of the Vermont Republican ...

Financial Stability for Vermont Women & Families (Vermont Business Magazine, March 2015)
You are a mother of two children living in Vermont. Like other mothers, you have high hopes and aspirations for your children. You want them to have the opportunity to succeed in school, find meaningful work and raise healthy families. You, however, are raising them alone and caught in a seemingly impossible economic bind.

Upcoming events: Lunch panel on women's history month ... (Chester Telegraph, March 2015)
Moderated by Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, panelists include: Dr. Felicia Kornbluh, director of Gender, Sexuality and ...

What made you want to become an historian? (UVM History Department Blog re: VCW Commissioner Dr. Kornbluh, March 2015)
 I have a long-term interest in social policy, by which I mean the interactions among public institutions and people’s family and economic lives. I worked on these issues as an advocacy journalist while in high school (I was a reporter and later chief editor for the journalism/advocacy group CHILDREN’S EXPRESS), as a college student working on Capitol Hill, and in-between college and graduate school as a writer and policy analyst on Capitol Hill and at a Washington, D.C.-based think tank called the Institute for Policy Studies.

 

FEBRUARY 2015

Women to Brown Bag It for History Lesson - Northfield News  (Northfield News,  2/26/15)
Moderated by Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, panelists include Dr. Felicia Kornbluh, Director of Gender, Sexuality, ...

Panel will address women's history  (Barre Montpelier Times Argus, 2/27/15)
The Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Commission on Women will host a Women's History Month program next month ...

Balancing Work and Life: The Importance of Family Friendly Work Policies on Child and Family Well--being  (Building Bright Futures, policy brief, 2/26/15)
…and even prevent some hospitalizations. VDH also partners with the Vermont Commission on Women. (VCW) and Vermont's Breast-‐feeding Network to help to.

Bratt lawmaker pitches criminal-justice reform - Brattleboro ...  (Brattleboro Reformer, 2/20/15)
Vermont needs criminal-justice reform, but it does not need more incarceration, Rep. Mollie Burke contends…She cited a conference she attended last fall sponsored by the Women's Caucus, the Vermont

Budget | Vermont Press Bureau  (Vermont Press Bureau, 2/22/15)
Major changes to the Vermont Veterans Home are once again being considered as the state looks to address a large budget gap in the 2016 ...

Women's History Database - Vermont Historical Society  (Vermont Historical Society, 2/17/15)
... has been responsible for the Vermont Women's History Project since 2011, when the project was transferred from the Vermont Commission on Women.

Brownbag Lunch Panel: Do We Still Need Women's History 3/11 (Common Good, 2/6/15) 
Celebrate Women’s History Month over lunch by learning from a panel of esteemed historians and scholars addressing questions facing women’s history in the 21st century: Do we still need to separate out women’s stories? Does it help or harm women when their history is told separately? Common Good Vermont Blog

Photo Feature by Susan Ritz  (Vermont Woman, Feb/Mar 2015)
Commissioners Nancy LaVarnway and Danielle Martel with intern Becca White attend hte Vermont Commission on Women's annual legislative luncheon...Closing the gender wage gap, improving lives of low-income women, and advocatig for working families are all priorities in 2015.

Secretary Susie Hudson | GOP (GOP.com, 2/15)
On January 16, 2015, Susie Hudson, Republican National Committeewoman for Vermont, was elected Secretary of the Republican National Committee.  She was first elected as National Committeewoman in May of 2008 and has served on the RNC Technology, Budget, and Executive Committees and as the Recorder for the Rules Committee. She was also a former RNC staff member in the positions of Mid-West Legislative Political Director and Mid-West Regional Field Coordinator. She has attended every Republican National Convention since 1992.

Women's Policy Conference Addresses an Unfinished Agenda (Vermont Woman, Feb/Mar 2015)
By Elayne Clift. When a recent regional conference on women's economic security came to my attention I was skeptical about its purpose and its process. After more than 30 years of attending such forums, I had little hope that much would come out of this one. 

On One Measure of the Wage Gap, Vermont is #1  (Mountain Times, 2/12/15)
In several recently released reports on working women from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Vermont’s wage gap was the smallest in the nation.Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, which works to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls, applauded news that Vermont’s most recent gender wage gap figure is 91.3 percent.

 

JANUARY 2015

On One Measure of the Wage Gap, Vermont is #1  (VTDigger, 1/31/15)
Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women which works to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls, applauded news that Vermont’s most

Lawmakers revisit mandatory paid sick leave (Times Argus, 1/29/15)
“Forty-nine percent of women report that they’ve lost pay or promotions or have struggled to keep their jobs because of the need to care for sick children. Only 28 percent of men have said the same thing,” Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, told lawmakers Tuesday.

Despite President's Push For Paid Sick Days, Proponents Face Tough Fight In Montpelier (Vermont Public Radio 1/28/15)
Last year, Vermont lawmakers heeded President Obama’s call to boost the minimum wage. But it’s unclear whether the president’s recent push for paid sick days will spur action in the Statehouse in 2015.

Vermont Early Childhood Alliance (1/27/15)
Cary Brown of the Vermont Commission on Women testifies on S.15, the Earned Sick Days bill in the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs. This issue is one of the priorities on the Alliance's 2015 Legislative Agenda.

Women's Council Holds Luncheon (The Northfield News 1/22/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women welcomed back legislators at a Capitol Plaza Hotel luncheon today sponsored by the commission's Education and Research Foundation.

State Commission Promotes Awareness of Women's Issues at Legislative Luncheon (VTDigger, 1/19/15)
The Vermont Commission on Women welcomed back legislators at a Capitol Plaza Hotel luncheon today sponsored by the commission’s Education and Research Foundation. The group focused on progress that has been made since 1964, the year Governor Philip Hoff established the Commission

On one measure of the wage gap, Vermont is #1 (VTDigger, 1/31/15)
Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women which works to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls, applauded news that Vermont’s most

 

DECEMBER 2014

Panel Discussion Successful Reentry for Women in Corrections (Northwest Access TV)
youtube video of VCW's October panel discussion at St. Albans City Hall.

 

OCTOBER 2014

Experts, advocates say early childhood development is crucial  (VTDigger, 10/30/14)
... a panel of speakers suggested Tuesday night in Montpelier at an event moderated by Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women.

LaVarnway returns to women's panel  (Times Argus,  10/29/14)
... Committee on Committees has reappointed Nancy E. LaVarnway, of Northfield, to the Vermont Commission on Women for a second 4-year term.

Nancy E. LaVarnway Of Northfield Reappointed to Vermont Commission on Women (CommonGood.org, 10/27/14)
(Montpelier) – Nancy E. LaVarnway of Northfield has been reappointed to the Vermont Commission on Women for a second 4-year term.

Nancy E. Lavarnway reappointed to Vermont Commission on Women  (VTDigger, 10/28/14)
(Montpelier) – Nancy E. LaVarnway of Northfield has been reappointed to the Vermont Commission on Women for a second 4-year term.

Groups Discuss Early Childhood Education, Preview Documentary (Bennington Banner, 10/22/14 )
Eighteen public and private organizations from across the state of Vermont presented a panel discussion on early childhood education, plus a sneak peek of an upcoming PBS documentary on the subject.

AAUW to Discuss Rising Number of Women in Prison in Vermont  (The Commons, 10/15/14)
Rep. Molly Burke, P-Brattleboro and AAUW member Louise Luring will share information presented at a recent summit on Women in Corrections in Vermont hosted by Vermont Law School and co-sponsored by the Vermont Commission on Women, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, the Vermont Bar Association, the Vermont Women’s Legislative Caucus, the Vermont Law School’s Black Law Students’ Association, Women’s Law Group, and National Lawyers’ Guild.

When Women Leave Prison (St. Albans Messenger, 10/10/14)
Women re-entering hte community from prison in Franklin County need assistance with employment and childcare.  The women and their children would benefit from a reduction in the stigma surrounding incarceration, representatives from numerous agencies agreed.

Secrest Named to Women's Commission (Brattleboro Reformer, 10/9/14) 
A Brattleboro resident has been named to the Vermont Commission on Women, an independent non-partisan state commission ... 

Kerry Secrest of Brattleboro to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW). (Bennington Banner 10/3/14)
Commissioner Secrest is a leadership coach for individuals and organizations through Watershed Coaching, her Brattleboro-based firm focusing on executive coaching, women's leadership, team coaching, and leadership training.

Successful Reentry for Women in Corrections (St. Albans Messenger, 10/2/14)
St. Albans native Danielle Martel serves on the state's Vermont Commission on Women (VCW). She's put together a community panel titled, ...

Registration now open: The Unfinished Agenda: New England Women's Policy Conference (Bennington Banner 10/2/14)
This day-long conference in Boston is a collaboration between the Vermont Commission on Women and partners from all six New England states

The Unfinished Agenda (VT Mommies)
This day-long conference in Boston is a collaboration between the Vermont Commission on Women and partners from all six New England states, ...

Advocates Seek Improvements for Incarcerated Women (Valley News, 10/1/14)
Julie Brisson claims she has one of the “craziest” Facebook pages out there, alluding to the fact she has freidns on the social media site that range from family members and childhood buddies to former inmates.

The Lives Of Women In Prison (Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition program, 10/1/14)
On any given day, there are around 160 women in prison in Vermont. That’s a small percentage of the overall population, but the number of women in prison has been steadily increasing over the last few years.  On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk about the specific challenges faced by Vermont women in prison with Jill Evans, Director of Women and Family Services at the Department of Corrections. We'll also talk to Julie Brisson, coordinator of the Wellness Workforce Coalition at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, who served time in Swanton prison in 2009.

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

News Alert: Rep. Lynn Batchelor Appointed to State Women’s Commission (Common Good Vermont, 9/29/14)
Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives Shap Smith has appointed Lynn Batchelor of Derby Line to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW).

Labor Law Changes Will Address Wage Gap For Women, Solid workers are good, but all-stars shine brighter  (The Commons, (9/24/14)
Many employers offer flexible work schedules and don't know it.

Vermont summit to discuss women in prison (Associated Press, 9/26/14)
The event is sponsored by the :Vermont Commission on Women, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, Vermont Bar Association, Vermont Women's ...

Rep. Lynn Batchelor appointed to state women’s commission (VTDigger, 9/25/14)
Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives Shap Smith has appointed Lynn Batchelor of Derby Line to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW).

Labor Law Changes Will Address Wage Gap For Women (The Commons, 9/24)
(Brattleboro) – Many employers offer flexible work schedule and don’t know it. That’s according to Vermont Assistant Attorney General Julio Thompson, who said the challenge is to persude employers to adopt a new mindset for employees

The Incarcerated Women's Initiative, then and now: Vermont Summit on Women in Corrections   (Bennington Banner 9/19/14)
In 2005, the Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) developed the Incarcerated Women's Initiative (IWI) to address the growing number of women in prison and minimize the impact on the inmates' children, families and communities.

The IWI summit is co-sponsored by Vermont Commission on Women, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, Vermont Bar Association, Vt Incarcerated Women’s Initiative Summit Sept. 30 At Vermont Law (VTdigger, 9/10/14)
Legislators, legal professionals and criminal justice advocates will discuss issues involving incarcerated women in Vermont at a summit Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Chase Community Center on the Vermont Law School campus.

Reading... - Vermont Woman (Vermont Woman, 9/14/14)
Sep 14, 2014 - Marian Milne, business owner and long time legislator and commissioner on the Vermont Commission on Women, died unexpectedly at 79, planning on a planning on a meeting that night. She had always insisted on basic rights for all Vermonters, and lost her seat in the Vermont House because of her stand on civil unions.

 

AUGUST 2014

Remembrance ceremony for Cheryl Hanna Sept. 4 at Vermont Law School  (Bennington Banner, 8/29/14)

Marion Carson Milne  (Valley News, 8/13/14)

Former legislator Marion Milne dies at 79  (VTdigger, 8/12/14)
Marion Milne, a former state representative and founder of Milne Travel, died unexpectedly Monday morning at her home in Washington. She was 79.

Former state legislator Marion Milne dies  (Burlington Free Press, 8/12/14)
Marion Milne, 79, was a Republican state legislator from 1994 to 2000, representing the Orange County town of Washington. She lost her seat in the 2000 election following her vote in support of civil unions, the precursor to same-sex marriage.

When Journalists Run for Office   (Seven Days, 8/6/14)
As he seeks to depose Chittenden County Sheriff Kevin McLaughlin in this month's Democratic primary, challenger Ed Cafferty is drawing attention to the number of women serving as officers in the department: zero.

Discussion on Successful Reentry for Women in Corrections in St. Albans  (Common Good blog, 8/5/14)
Please join the Vermont Commission on Women for a panel discussion on Successful Reentry with a focus on employment, educational opportunities, risk reduction, anti-recidivism programs, and support for building better and stronger relationships with family, children and the community as a whole.

Remembrance ceremony for Cheryl Hanna Sept. 4 at Vermont Law School (Bennington Banner, 8/29/14)

 

JULY 2014 

Key Lawyer Dies Before Equal Pay Case Is Heard  (WCAX, 7/30/14)
Oral arguments in an equal pay case went on as scheduled Wednesday, despite the absence of a key figure. Cheryl Hanna, who was deeply involved in the case from the start and was to be one of the three attorneys arguing on behalf of the plaintiffs

Hanna Remembered For Women's Advocacy  (Vermont Edition, Vermont Public Radio, 7/29/14)
On Monday, news of the death of Cheryl Hanna reverberated around Vermont. Best known as a professor at Vermont Law School, Hanna was frequently seen, heard, and read in Vermont media demystifying complicated legal concepts and court decisions…We invited the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, Cary Brown, to share some of her reflections on Hanna’s work.

Cheryl Hanna Remembered For Her Passion For The Law And Gender Equity Advocacy  (Vermont Public Radio, 7/28/14)
Hanna’s passion was advocating for women’s equity. She and her students worked closely with the Vermont Commission on Women, helping with briefs and compiling information on the legal rights of women.

Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna Dies At 48   (VTdigger, 7/28/14)
Constitutional scholar and frequent media commentator Cheryl Hanna died Sunday at her home in Burlington, according to her colleagues at Vermont Law School.

Danielle M. Martel of St. Albans reappointed to state Women's Commission  (Bennington Banner, 7/15/14)
Speaker of the Vermont House Shap Smith has reappointed Danielle Martel of St. Albans to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women.  Commissioner Martel is employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

The Push To Help Workers With Flex-Time, Paid Leave  (Burlington Free Press, 7/10/14)
The absence of workplace family-friendly policies in the United States leaves families vulnerable to wage loss, and to losing their jobs when they need time away from work to care for a family member. Modernizing workplace standards, and introducing more flexibility through policy change could help ease these pressures, advocates for working families say. 

New National Partnership for Women & Families Report Issues Vermont a “C+” Grade  (Common Good blog, 7/2/14)
A new state-by-state analysis shows how little the nation supports and protects working mothers and fathers when a new child arrives – and Vermont has a long way to go when it comes to helping its new parents.
 

 

JUNE 2014

 Cary Brown, Vermont Commission on Women   (The Mark Johnson Radio Show, 6/26/14)
Cary Brown is executive director of Vermont Commission on Women. Just back from President Obama’s White House Summit on Working Families, discussing the issues facing families balancing work and family.  Interviewed by host John Walters.

Vermonters join White House Summit  (Rutland Herald, 6/24/14)
Three Vermont advocates for fair workplace practices attended the White House Summit on Working Families on Monday to discuss the struggles Americans face to balance job commitments with family obligations.  Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, 

VTrendlines: Sexism Prevalent in Modern Society   (Burlington Free Press, 6/23/14)
Mercy Connections Executive Director Dolly Fleming of Burlington has had a long career in social services in Vermont. She's worked as an advocate and leader on many issues including disability rights, women's rights, the rights of seniors and matters of economic justice. She also served as commissioner of the Vermont Commission on Women.

Eileen Boland Reappointed to State Women’s Commission  (VTdigger, 6/24/14)
Governor Peter Shumlin has reappointed Eileen Boland of Wheelock to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW).  Commissioner Boland’s interest in women’s issues began with her involvement in Vermont’s efforts to pass the national equal rights amendment in the early 80′s.

Vermont Gathering Focuses on Working Families  (VTdigger, 6/16/14)
The event was hosted by organizations that support working families and included Family Values at Work, the Vermont Commission on Women, Hunger Free Vermont, Main Street Alliance, Main Street Landing, Vermont Legal Aid, the Vermont Paid Sick Days Coalition, Vermont Works for Women, the Vermont Women’s Fund, the Vermont Workers’ Center, and Voices for Vermont’s Children

The Vermont Summit on Working Families  (Event recorded by Channel 17/ Town Meeting TV)

Vermont Gathering Focuses on Working Families (Common Good blog, 6/14/14)
Just over a week from now, on June 23rd, President Obama will convene a White House Summit on Working Families, focusing on strengthening our nation’s workplaces to better support working families, boost businesses’ bottom lines, and ensure America’s global economic competitiveness in the coming decades.

Push For Paid Sick Leave At Burlington Summit (Burlington Free Press, 6/12/14)
Everyone who works deserves essential benefits such as paid sick leave, Moore told an appreciative crowd at The Vermont Summit for Working Families in Burlington Thursday.

Events on Working Families (Center for American Progress, 6/11/14)
The Center for American Progress is maintaining a collection of events and activities across the country that highlight working families issues.

Cary Brown, VCW Executive Director on WCAX's Morning Show (WCAX, 6/9/2014)
Cary Brown, VCW Executive Director speaks about VCW's history and events to celebrate our anniversary year.

Wage gap persists  (Brattleboro Reformer,  6/2/2014)
On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Governor Shumlin signed a proclamation recognizing Equal Pay Day. This is the symbolic day in 2014 when women's earnings finally catch up to men's from 2013. Nationally, women make just 77 cents for every dollar that men make, so we can feel proud that in Vermont we're doing a bit better than in most of the country.

 

MAY 2014

VCW’s 50th Anniversary Celebration (ORCA Media, 34 minutes)
Montpelier’s ORCA Media captured the celebration.  Featured speakers: VCW Commissioner Marion Milne, VCW Chair Marcia Merrill, Ally Richards of Governor Shumlin’s Office, Governor Madeline Kunin, Diane Derby of Sen. Leahy’s office,  VCW Commissioner Gretchen Bailey of Sen. Sanders’ Office, Tricia Coats of Congressman Welch's office, and Cary Brown, VCW Executive Director.

Melinda Moulton appointed to state women's commission  (VTdigger, 5/30/14)
Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Melinda Moulton to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW)

 

APRIL 2014

If You Want Flextime But Are Afraid To Ask, Consider Moving (National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, aired 4/29/14 at 5:50 pm)
NPR Correspondent Jennifer Ludden interviewed VCW’s Cary Brown for this story on the new law granting the right to request flexible work schedules in Vermont

Congressional Record (113th Congress, 2nd Session, Issue: Vol. 160, No. 60, April 11, 2014)
Senator Leahy's Congressional Record statement honoring the work of VCW and commemorating VCW’s 50th anniversary

EYES OF CERES: Sick Days - Kerchoo! Right in Your Groceries   (Vermont Woman, Spring 2014)
Paid sick days legislation in Vermont

Cary Brown:  The Wage Gap in Vermont on Equal Pay Day 2014  (VTdigger, 4/7/14)
Commentary by Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women

My Turn: Vermont's Wage Gap is Growing  (Burlington Free Press, 4/8/14)
Commentary on Equal Pay Day

H.C.R. 293 House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vermont Commission on Women on its 50th anniversary  (4/8/14)
Vermont House resolution

“Women, Poverty & Justice” an event to focus attention on poverty and its disproportionate impacts on women (4/11/14)
VCW joined other sponsors at this conference

Vermont Woman newspaper’s photos from VCW’s anniversary event (4/9/14)

Women, Poverty & Justice: Community Leaders Discuss over Breakfast  (Fox 44 News, 04/14/2014)
VCW joined other sponsors at this conference

Society of Women Engineers – North Country chapter shared some photos (4/10/14)
Professional women engineers attended our 50th anniversary event

The Vermont Women's Fund newsletter, April 2014
VCW annivesary mentioned

 

MARCH 2014

Don't Ask, Won't Pay: Women Negotiating For Higher Salaries  (Vermont Edition, Vermont Public Radio, 3/11/2014)
Cheryl Hanna, Vermont Law School Professor, and Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, speak about pay equity and what women can do to be better negotiators.

Vermont Public Radio’s Majority Whip Of Vermont House Steps Down To Take Job With Single Payer Advocacy Group  (VTdigger, 3/21/14)
VCW's Executive Director, Cary Brown pictured with Tess Taylor and Governor Shumlin

Vermont Public Radio commentary for Women’s History Month by Cary Brown, VCW’s Executive Director (Vermont Public Radio, 3/27/2014)
In this annual Women’s History Month commentary series, Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, speaks about two notable women who made significant but very different contributions to the Vermont State House

 

FEBRUARY 2014

Women in arts panel March 12 (Times Argus, 2/24/14)
Women’s History Month event

Vermont Women in Higher Education’s 2014 Womenʼs Leadership Conference (VWHE,  February 2014))
Cary Brown to keynote annual leadership conference

LEAD IN goes to the Statehouse (Navicate, February 2014)
Encouraging girls to engage in leadership roles

 

JANUARY 2014

A Vermont law meant to facilitate flexible working arrangements for employees took effect Wednesday. (Valley News, 1/3/14)
About the new Equal Pay law in Vermont

Flexible Working Arrangement Law Takes Effect  (Vermont Edition, Vermont Public Radio, 1/8/14)
Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women recently spoke with Vermont Edition to explain more about this new law

The Vermont Commission on Women turns 50   (Williston Observer, 1/9/14)
The Vermont Commission on Women celebrates 50th anniversary in 2014

Commentary on Pathways Out of Poverty  (Green Mountain Daily, 1/5/14)
Governor's Pathways Our Of Poverty

The War on Poverty in Vermont  (Vermont Edition, Vermont Public Radio, 1/14/14)
VCW Commissioner Dr. Felicia Kornbluh (Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program and Associate Professor of History @ UVM) and historican Lyn Blackwell, (Vermont Women’s History Project steering committee member) discuss the legacies of the war on poverty

“Restore Our Communities: Women in Prison”  (TV show, recorded 1/2/14 –CCTV/Ch. 17)
Panelists discuss issues relating to incarcerated womenSuzi Wizowaty, Director of Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, hosts this discussion with Cary Brown, Executive Director of Vermont Commission on Women, Jill Evans, Director of Women and Family Services at Vermont Department of Corrections, and Tiffany Bluemle, Executive Director of Vermont Works for Women. (1/20/2014, 33 minutes - CCTV/Channel 17)

 

DECEMBER 2013

Workplace Laws Employees/Employers Need to Know  (VTdigger, 12/8/13)
VCW's flyers to educate Vermonters about new workplace laws

Felicia Kornbluh reappointed to state women’s commission  (VTdigger, 12/29/13)
UVM's Professor Kornbluh

Flex time work schedule, minimum wage and real id laws go into effect Jan. 2 (VTdigger, 12/30/13)

Building prosperity, one girl at a time   (VTdigger 12/30/13)

 

NOVEMBER 2013

Task Force on Young Women and the Vermont Economy  (VTdigger, 11/29/14)
Vermont leaders announce initiatives in response to report

http://vtdigger.org/tag/vermont-commission-on-women/ (VTdigger)
Vermont Commission on Women articles

Vermont selected to participate in STEM Equity Pipeline  (VTdigger, 11/15/14)
Program to increase female student participation and completion in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related programs offered in the regional career technical education (CTE) centers

 

OCTOBER 2013

Commission on Women hires Claire Anderson Greene (Vermont Business Magazine, October edition)
Claire Green hired as Executive Staff Assistant

Chutes and Ladders   (MamaSays, 10/5/13)
Chutes and Ladders on the State house lawn, photos and information

http://www.vermontearlychildhoodalliance.org/  (Vermont Early Childhood Alliance)
Giant Chutes and Ladders gameboard, additional information about Vermont Early Childhood Alliance - Oct policy solutions

Work/life and job quality (CLASP)
work/life and job quality, articles about employees and responsive workplaces, sick leave etc.

Middlebury woman joins state commission  (Green Mountain Outlook, 10/31/13)
Claire Green joins VCW as Executive Assistant

State, Local Policies Make Important Steps Forward for Workplace Flexibility   (CLASP)
Vermont is mentioned in this national roundup about laws improving workplace flexibility

 

SEPTEMBER 2013

Governor reappoints Dunham to VCW   (VTdigger, 9/5/2013)

More women in science isn’t rocket science  (VTdigger, 9/5/2013)

Dunahm gets a second term with Vermont’s commission on Women (Boston.com, 9/82013)

Dunham reappointed to state commission on women (Manchester Journal, 9/13/2013)

Commission takes part in the state’sTask Force on Young Women and the Economy (Vermont Works for Women)

Official website for the Vermont Commission on Women  (Gov. Shumlin's website, 9/17/2013)

 

AUGUST 2013

Gartner appointed to the Vermont Women’s Commission (VTdigger, 8/19/2013)

Shumlin reappoints Rutland Woman (Rutland Herald, 8/20/2013)

Gartner of Rutland reappointed for second term on the State Women’s Commission (Mountain Times, 8/28/2013)

 

JULY 2013

Ariel Wengroff to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women  (Vermont Business Magazine, 7/2/2013)

LGBT advocate to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (Burlington Free Press, 7/2/2013)

Ariel Wengroff appointed to Vermont Commission on Women (Wherezit, 7/3/2013)

Shumlin Appoints Former Aide to Vermont Commission on Women (VPR, 7/5/2013)

Shumlin appoints Ariel Wengroff to a Women’s Panel (NECN, 7/5/2013)

Martel of St. Albans appointed to Vermont Commission on Women (Ceramics, 7/10/2013)

 

JUNE 2013

Vermont takes leads in closing wage gap  (Times Argus, 6/1/2013)

The Eyes of Ceres: Legislative Summary New Equal Pay Law Shines, but Hard Struggles Overall - Vermont Woman (Vermont Woman 6/2013)

Women’s case sets precedent in equal pay law  (VTdigger, 6/13/2013)

Vermont Woman wins discrimination lawsuit  (Rutland Herald, 6/14/2013)

The Unspoken Stigma of Workplace Flexibility  (New York Times, 6/14/2013)

VSL Professor & Students Win Significant “Equal Pay” Case   (Vermont Law School, 6/14/2013)

Determining possible equal pay claims  (WCAX, 6/14/2013)

New Law Addresses equal pay for women  (VPR,  6/27/2013)

 

MAY 2013

Girls unprepared for financial independence?  (Burlington Free Press, 5/1/2013)

Young women and girls are essential partners in growing Vermont’s economy  (VTdigger, 5/1/2013)

Vermont bill to strengthen employee, women’s rights  (Addison Eagle, 5/14/2013)

Vermont’s new equal pay law is a challenge to Policymakers  (NWLC, 5/14/2013)

Comedy Fest/Equal Pay Law  (Mark Johnson Show, 5/17/2013)

Vermont is famous for Maple Syrup, Ben and Jerry’s and Fair pay  (NWLC, 5/17/2013)

Gov Shumlin Signs Equal Pay Bill into law at VBSR Spring Conference  (VBSR, 5/23/2013)

Commission hosts roundtable on Sick Days  (UPEnn, 5/2013)

 

APRIL 2013

Women’s bias lawsuit dusts off Vermont’s equal-pay law  (USA Today, 4/1/2013)

Vermont Commission on women welcomes new commissioners: Nancy Lavarnway and Danielle Martel  (VTdigger, 4/2/2013)

Lavarnway Named to Commission on Women  (The Other Paper, 4/4/2013)

Senate health and welfare committee rejects reach up cap  (VTdigger, 4/15/2013)

Law makers and Shumlin Administration stil at odds over Reach Up proposals  (Burglinton Free Press, 4/18/2013)

AAUW annual dinner meeting to be held Tuesday  (Brattleboro Reformer, 4/27/2013)

VCW VIEW Paid Sick Days panel discussion  (VTdigger, 4/18/2013)

Two New Commissioners, Lavarnway of Northfield and Martel of St. Albans appointed to State Women’s Commission (Vermont Business Magazine, 4/2013)

 

MARCH 2013

Single Mom’s can’t afford Shumlin cuts says Vermont Commission on Women (Vermont Press Bureau, 3/14/2013)

Equal Pay legislation questioned by business community  (VTdigger, 3/14/2013)

Governor’s plan draws more fire  (Green Mountain Daily, 3/14/2013)

Vermont Commission on Women opposes Shumlin Administration plan to cap Reach Up  (Burlington Free Press, 3/14/2013)

Nelson calls for a time out on Reach Up time limits  (VTdigger, 3/14/2013)

Vermont Commission on Women last week issued a statement opposing Shumlin’s plan for welfare reform  (Rutland Herald, 3/18/2013)

Vermont’s equal pay law put to the test  (WCAX, 3/19/2013)

State equal pay act gets a first test in the courts  (VTdigger 3/19/2013)

Ricky Gard Diamond, Vermont Women Magazine  (Vermont Public Radio, 3/19/2013)

Women's commission opposes public benefit limits  (Addison Eagle, 3/21/2013)

Vermont Women in Journalism features panel of six  (Northfield News, 3/26/2013)

Welfare proposal hit from both sides  (Rutland Herald, 3/30/2013)

 

JANUARY 2013

Bill Doyle on Vermont Issues  (2013 ORCA media)
Cary Brown, VCW Executive Director

Lunch Celebrates Women in Public Life  (VTdigger, 1/11/2013)
VCW's biannual luncheon

Panel discussion of film “Solar Mamas” (Vermont Public Television (VPT) and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library’s Community Cinema series, 1/2013)
Watch the panel discussion video here