Vermont Women's History Time Line
1777 - Vermont declares itself an independent state.
1785 - Lucy Terry Prince, former slave, appears before The VT Governor and Council to defend in person her family’s title to property in Guilford.
1791 - Vermont admitted to Union as 14th state.
1811 - Mary Palmer Tyler publishes The Maternal Physician, one of the earliest childcare manuals in the US.
1814 - Emma Willard opens Middlebury Female Seminary.
1819 - Emma Willard publishes Plan for Improving Female Education.
1835 - 420 women sign antislavery petition in Starksboro and send it to Congress.
1836/37 - Many women petition the VT Legislature to prohibit the sale of alcohol.
1847 - VT Legislature grants married women the right to make wills and some control over their inherited personal .
1852 - Clarina Howard Nichols becomes first woman to address the VT Legislature. She asks for, and is denied, school suffrage for women.
1867 - Legislature grants married women control over their inherited person property.
1869 - Council of Censors proposes woman suffrage amendment to the VT Constitution.
1870 - First state-wide woman suffrage campaign.
Constitutional Convention defeats woman suffrage amendment 233 to 1.
1871- UVM admits first female students.
1875 - Vermont Women's Christian Temperance Union organized in Burlington.
- UVM student is first woman to receive Phi Beta Kappa award.
1880 - Tax-paying women obtain right to vote in school meetings.
1882 - WCTU lobbies successfully for first state temperance education law enacted in US.
1883 - Middlebury College admits first women students.
1884 - Formation of Vermont Woman Suffrage Association.
- Legislature grants married women the right to make contracts, to sue and be sued.
1886 - Legislature grants married women the right to control their own earnings
1896 - VT Federation of Women's Clubs founded.
1899 - Mary Annette Anderson of Shoreham, first Vermont African-American woman to earn a college degree, as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College, also class valedictorian.