* conducts research and study of issues affecting the status of women in Vermont;
* advises and consults with the executive and legislative branches of State government on policies affecting the status of women in Vermont;
* educates and informs business, education, State and local governments, and the general public about the nature and scope of sex discrimination and other matters affecting the status of women in Vermont;
* serves as a liaison and clearinghouse between government, private interest groups, and the general public concerned with services for women.
VCW ACCOMPLISHES OUR WORK THROUGH:
PUBLIC EDUCATION: VCW addresses issues or publicizes current data through presentations and workshops to groups around Vermont, via media in interviews, articles and commentary, and on our social media channels. Our monthly e-newsletter, VIEW spreads word of hundreds of events or announcements. Our statewide events calendar also helps Vermonters share events by, for or about women and girls.
PUBLIC POLICY: We organize events which study, celebrate or listen to the needs or conditions of women. We work in coalition and inform policy that improves the status of women and girls.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL: The commission offers both an on-line resource guide that helps Vermonters help themselves, and an information and referral service (via email or phone) that gets the individual to the most appropriate and most local resource to resolve their issue. Our approach is to listen well, assist the client to prioritize needs, and then provide resources. These interactions help us identify gaps and take action. We often read or email excerpts from our handbook, The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont, first published in 1978, to clients to explain their rights and responsibilities. Our many other publications help Vermonters understand frequently-asked-about topics like family leave, sexual harassment or running for public office.
View VCW's Public Policy Statements HERE.