Wednesday, March 28, 2007 was Women’s Visibility Day in the State House.
For many years, this annual celebration, sponsored by the Vermont Commission on Women, has drawn attention to women’s issues in Vermont. Wearing purple clothing (a symbol of suffrage) celebrates women on this day.
As usual, this year’s celebration includes card room displays of Commission Advisory Council members. Please stop in and learn more about the work of those who join you in service to Vermont women and families.
From 4-6, a reception in the cafeteria, featuring Vermont-made refreshments, kicked off the new Vermont Women’s History Project website, featuring an interactive database, the first of its kind on this topic.
Speakers will highlight the unique state agency partnership that made this web site possible: a collaboration between Vermont’s Agency of Transportation, Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and Commission on Women, utilizing federal funding from the ConnectVermont program to enable travelers to discover places related to women in history.
There will also be a presentation by Mickey Myers, Executive Director of the Bryan Gallery, about the lives and work of five historically significant Vermont women artists. These women’s work will be featured at both the Bryan Gallery and on the Vermont Women's History Project web site.
The program will culminate with the awarding of the Marion Gray Memorial Scholarship by LEAD International to a high school senior who has produced the best collage illustrating the theme, 'Generations of Women Moving History Forward.' In addition, Mary Claire Carroll of Richmond will be honored.
The reception was followed by a special Farmers’ Night performance by Michele Choiniere, singer and songwriter of Franco-American music. Her performances blend traditional folk songs, original compositions, and covers of well-known artists like Edith Piaf. The performance was sponsored by the Vermont Commission on Women and starts at 7:30 p.m. in House Chambers.