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Vermont Commission on Women's Advisory Council Organizations

VCW's Advisory Council members are representatives of organizations whose interests align with the commission’s mission. Members provide counsel to the Commission on setting goals, strategies, and objectives, and share the opinions and perspectives of the organizations they represent.

American Nurses Association - Vermont
the voice of Vermont registered nurses since 1914 (formerly Vermont State Nurses Association)

American Association of University Women
advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research

Building Bright Futures
improving the well-being of children and families in Vermont by using evidence to inform policy and bringing voices together across sectors and within regions to discuss critical challenges and problem-solve

Business and Professional Women/VT, Inc.
promoting full participation, equity, and economic self-sufficiency for working women through advocacy, education, and information

Castleton University's Women's and Gender Studies Program
encouraging CU students to think critically and to re-examine history cross-culturally using a feminist perspective

Center for Women & Enterprise
providing opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial Independence

Division of Maternal and Child Health, Vermont Department of Health
enhancing the promotion, delivery, and improvement of health and public health services for women, children, and families in Vermont

Evolve Rutland
growing professional women through professional development, mentoring, and networking

Girls on the Run Vermont
unleashing confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
helping Vermont girls become confident, self-reliant, courageous, and committed young women

League of Women Voters of Vermont
encouraging informed and active participation in government

Let's Grow Kids
a statewide campaign about the need for more high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont to better support our children, families, communities, and economy

Mercy Connections
nurturing self-sufficiency through education, mentoring, and community

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
providing, promoting, and protecting access to reproductive health care and sexuality education so that all people can make informed, voluntary choices about their reproductive and sexual health

Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance
early childhood professionals, parents, organizations, businesses, and strategic partners committed to improving public policies that impacting children between birth and age eight in the areas of health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education

Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council
giving a voice to the poor, the elderly, those living with disabilities, and low-income working families in the policy making arena of state government

Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
creating a world free of oppression where actions, beliefs and systems support all people to thrive

Vermont Women in Higher Education
cultivating a supportive and inclusive community of higher education professionals committed to ensuring that women are equally represented, inspired, and empowered

Vermont Women in Law Enforcement
promoting and supporting women in Vermont's law enforcement community

Vermont Women’s Fund
distributing funds to nonprofits in Vermont that provide essential services, workforce opportunities, and address systemic change on behalf of female-identified Vermonters

Vermont Works for Women
helping women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence

Voices for Vermont's Children
promoting public policy that enhances the lives of children and youth in Vermont

Women Business Owners Network
connecting and cultivating leaders, entrepreneurs, and business owners

Women’s Agricultural Network
working to increase the number of women owning and operating profitable farms and ag-related businesses, as well as their profile in leadership positions throughout the agricultural sectors of business, government, and community

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom | Northern Vermont Branch
working to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, and an end to all forms of violence

Congressional Delegation

Office of Senator Patrick Leahy
representing Vermont in the U.S. Senate

Office of Senator Bernard Sanders
representing Vermont in the U.S. Senate

Office of Representative Peter Welch
representing Vermont in the U.S. House of Representatives

State Government

Vermont General Assembly | Vermont Legislature
a bicameral legislature, with sessions running from January through spring.with 150 members of the House of Representatives and 30 members in the Senate serving two-year terms. Find legislators, committees, bills, laws on the legislature's website.

Vermont Human Rights Commission
protects people from unlawful discrimination in housing, state government employment, and public accommodations. Learn more about the VHRC's authority.  They pursue their mission by:

  • Enforcing laws
  • Educating the public
  • Providing information and referrals
  • Advancing effective human rights public policies
  • Conciliation/mediating disputes

Business and the Economy

Main Street Alliance of Vermont
elevates the voices of small business owners on important public policy issues in Vermont. They are committed to bringing business owners to teh table to engage in and develop policies that reflect the interconnected nature of small business and the communities they serve.

Public Assets Institute
focused on the areas of health care, education, and family economic security with a mission to improve the well-being of everyday Vermonters, especially the most vulnerable, by conducting research and fiscal analysis, disseminating information, and developing and advancing policies that state government can enact.

Vermont Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division
oversees state law and adopted rules concerning minimum wage, overtime, wage payments, employee benefits, child labor, and workplace rights for employees and employers.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
a statewide, nonprofit business association with a mission to leverage the power of business for positive social and environmental impact. They advance this mission through education, public influence and networking.

Vermont Chamber of Commerce
the largest statewide business organization, with a mission to help members grow their businesses and the Vermont economy.

Vermont Womenpreneurs
amplifying the stories of femme-powered businesses in Vermont, their mission is to convene, connect, collaborate, and celebrate with local womenpreneurs.


American Association of University Women, Vermont Chapters
committed to achieving quality education for women and girls and to promoting equity for women and girls in all walks of life. To achieve these goals, they are active in communities and lobby Members of Congress and the Vermont Legislature on issues related to education and equity for women. AAUW’s Vermont branches are in Bennington, Brattleboro, and Middlebury.

Chellis House at Middlebury College
Chellis House is a resource center for those concerned with issues pertaining to women and gender. It houses several student organizations, produces a newsletter, and presents a speaker series.

DAVAR: The Vermont Jewish Women's History Project
DAVAR's mission is to contribute to the historical record of Jewish women's lives in Vermont and to enhance the cultural heritage of Vermont and help people gain awareness of the commonality of our lives within the human experience.  Find DAVAR's life history interviews in To Life! A Celebration of Vermont Jewish Women by searching Search for DAVAR Vermont Jewish Women's History Project

UVM Women & Gender Equity Center
The WAGE center cultivates joyful community while advancing gender equity across identities.  They envision a brave, diverse, and equitable learning environment for all members of the UVM community. They provide advocacy services for those in our community who have experienced sexual or intimate partner violence, and strive to provide programming, education, and events that ask our community to explore the intersections of their gender and other identities.

UVM Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program
UVM's Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program offers courses that explore the social, historical, and cultural foundations of feminist thought, sexuality, and gender. The program offers a major and minor to undergraduates. The Women’s Studies Program works with other departments and programs in sponsoring a variety of events such as concerts, museum exhibitions, lectures, brown bag research presentations, and movies of interest to the community.

Vermont Women's History Database
Vermont Historical Society took over this project from the Vermont Commission on Women in 2010.

Leadership Cultivation

Greater Burlington Women's Forum
<Currently on hiatus due to the pandemic> presents inspiring educational programs and the opportunity to connect with other women who share an interest in the promotion of women to leadership. The program portion of each meeting is presented by either an individual or a panel of women who are experts on the topic being offered. Following the program presentation, women are given a topic for discussion at their table, then are encouraged to make announcements about job openings or leadership opportunities, events or other items of interest to the participants.

Junior League of Champlain Valley, Inc.
The Junior League of Champlain Valley is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable, striving to improve the quality of life for children, women and families at risk in the community through increased awareness, community partnerships and providing a legacy of trained volunteers.

ElevateHer VT
a women’s networking group and social club that creates opportunities for professional connections to develop between women leaders in our state.

Emerge Vermont
A state affiliate of a national organization that recruits, trains, and inspires Democratic women to run for public office.

YWCA Vermont
dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.


AAUW: American Association of University Women
empowering women and girls since 1881 and focused on gender equality in education, economic security, and leadership.

drives change with preeminent thought leadership, actionable solutions, and a galvanized community of multinational corporations to accelerate and advance women into leadership—because progress for women is progress for everyone.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1968, conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low-income families with children.

Center for Women in Government and Civil Society
At the Rockefeller College, University at Albany, the Center seeks to deepen and broaden political access and economic opportunities for women by strengthening the capacity of government, nonprofit and business sectors to implement gender-responsive, inclusive and equitable policies, practices and services.

Feminist Majority
dedicated to women’s equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists of all genders are the majority, but this majority must be empowered.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research
a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earning, work and family issues, the economic and social aspects of health care and domestic violence, and women’s civic and political participation. They develop new policy ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development.

International Center for Research on Women
an international non-profit organization specializing in the betterment of women and girls with a deep commitment to fostering women's participation around the world.

NARAL Pro-Choice America
fighting for access to abortion care, birth control, paid parental leave, and protections from pregnancy discrimination.

National Association of Commissions for Women
sustains, strengthens and advocates for women’s commissions in their work to promote equality and justice for all women and girls and ensure they are represented and empowered in their communities.

National Foundation for Women Legislators
a non-partisan educational foundation for elected women on the state, county, and municipal levels working to empower and inspire elected women to become thought leaders who shape America’s future.

National Organization for Women
the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the U.S., NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

National Women’s Health Network
improving women's health by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues to affect policy and decision-making.

National Women’s Law Center
a national, pro-choice, multi-partisan, grassroots membership organization dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training and supporting women candidates for elected and appointed office.

National Women’s Political Caucus
dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process, NWPC recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government.

She Should Run
working to dramatically increase the number of women considering a run for public office.

U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau
champions policies and standards that safeguard the interests of working women, advocates for the equality and economic security of women and their families, and promotes quality work environments.

U.N. Women
delivering programs, policies, and standards that uphold women’s human rights and ensure that every woman and girl lives up to her full potential.