Vermont Women's History Project
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Women in Vermont Politics


The history of women’s involvement in politics in Vermont is full of equal rights initiatives, but it does not stop there.  From 1840 on, women struggled individually and together on issues of suffrage, legal protection for women and children, education legislation, as well as temperance. 

Though they did not achieve the full right to vote until 1920, by this time Vermont women had long been making their impact and concerns felt on the public stage of Vermont politics.

Some notable early women politicians are:

  • Clarina Howard Nichols, dates
  • Annette Parmalee, dates
  • Edna Beard, dates


To read a detailed essay on this topic by a Vermont historian, click here.

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