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. Ms. Merrill has served in this leadership role since 2006.
Established in 1964, the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state government commission advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from twenty-five organizations concerned with women’s issues guide the VCW’s 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 handbook The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont, and has just launched the Vermont Equal Pay Compact, a voluntary pledge that employers sign to indicate their commitment to closing the gender wage gap in their workplace.
Reflecting on the Commission’s work, Ms. Merrill stated, “Our state leads the nation in many measurements of women’s equality and we are also one of the oldest continuously operating women’s commissions. VCW has a fifty year track record of effectiveness, and we remain the only state agency dedicated solely to improving the status of women and girls. The Commission’s success lies in both our partnerships and in our ability to get things done. We are the voice, the eyes and the ears of women in public policy on such issues as equal pay, incarcerated women, and balancing work and family life. I’m honored to contribute to this powerful group of women.”
Ms. Merrill is a Certified Public Accountant, and is responsible for the audit and accounting practices of Montgomery & Merrill, P.C., her woman-owned public accounting firm in Burlington. In that role, she works primarily with not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, and start-up businesses, assisting the ownership and boards of directors in the use and interpretation of financial statements, as well as providing audit and other financial statement services. Ms. Merrill has served in board positions for a variety of community and not-for-profit organizations that focus on women's and family issues, including local, state, and national level positions for Vermont Business and Professional Women (BPW). She holds a BA, Summa Cum Laude, from William Smith College and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.