Vermont Women's History Project

Vermont Women's History Time Line

1900 - Law passed allowing women to serve as town clerks, trustees of public libraries, superintendents of schools, and notaries public.

1906 - First woman appointed to Board of Visitors to State Institutions.

1907 -
VT Equal Suffrage Association organized.

1910 -
Addie (Laird) Card, 10 year old Pownal mill worker photographed by Lewis Hines. Becomes  a “poster child” for those working against child labor.

1912 - Gertrude Daniels launches no taxation without suffrage campaign in Grafton.

1917 - Tax-paying women obtain right to vote in municipal elections.

1919 - Legislature ratifies 19th Amendment and Gov. Clement vetoes bill.

1920 - Gov. Percival Clement refuses to call special session of the VT Legislature to ratify Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution granting full suffrage to women.
Edna Beard, first women elected to VT Legislature.
         - Formation of
VT League of Women Voters.

1921 - Establishment of first woman's prison, Riverside Women's Reformatory.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, first women elected to VT State Board of Education.

1922 -
Edna Beard, first woman elected to VT Senate.

1924 - US Abenaki women eligible to vote in Vermont elections.

1927 - Nellie Cox Laird represents Montpelier. First woman to be elected to the legislature from a large town in VT.
         - Appointment of 1st woman factory inspector in VT.

1929 -
Consuelo Northrop Bailey is first woman to try a murder case in VT.

1931 -
Helen Hartness Flanders, folklorist, publishes Vermont Folk-Songs and Ballads.

- Bennington College for Women opens.

1933 -
Consuelo Northrop Bailey is the first woman admitted to practice law before the US Supreme Court.

- VT branch of OWLS (Order of Women Legislators) formed.

1942 - Law passed making women eligible for jury duty.
         - Amolina Elias of St. Albans, first woman to graduate from machine shop course in Production Training Program at Bellows Free Academy.

- Helen Burbank appointed first woman Secretary of State in VT.





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