Issued July 2, 2013
For Immediate Release
ARIEL WENGROFF OF BURLINGTON APPOINTED TO STATE WOMEN’S COMMISSION
(Montpelier) - Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Ariel Wengroff of Burlington to serve on the
Vermont Commission on Women.
An LGBT advocate, Ariel Wengroff currently works as the Communications and Finance Director for
Welch For Congress. She previously served as the Communications Director of the Vermont
Democratic Party. From 2010 to 2012, Ariel worked in the Office of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
as a Constituent Correspondent and then as a Special Assistant to the Governor. She is a blogger for
The Huffington Post and a 2010 recipient of the Wainwright Poetry Award. She co-founded The Barn
Owl and her work is published in the United States and Europe. She is a current member on the
Vermont Board of Libraries.
"I am thrilled to join the Vermont Commission on Women," said Wengroff. "While we've made
progress, I look forward to working with Governor Shumlin, the legislature and our communities to
address the many challenges that still impact Vermont women every day."
Wengroff hopes to focus on equal pay and workplace discrimination, which still greatly hinder the
ability for women to succeed or reach leadership positions in Vermont.
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state commission dedicated to legislative,
economic, social, and political fairness. Launched in 1964 by a nation-wide call to action from President
Kennedy, VCW is charged with reducing discrimination and encouraging opportunities for women. Sixteen
volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women’s issues guide
VCWs public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts. VCW offers many services to the public,
including a toll-free information and referral service at 800-881-1561 and many publications, including the
latest: The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont. For more information, visit www.women.vermont.gov.