Vermont Women's History Project

Vermont Women's History Time Line
1900-1950



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.
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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.

1932
- Bennington College for Women opens.

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

1936
- 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.

1949
- Helen Burbank appointed first woman Secretary of State in VT.

 


 

 

 


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