Vermont Women's History Time Line

1952 - Electra Havemeyer Webb opens Shelburne Museum officially to the public.
Andrea Mead Lawrence, captain of US Women’s Olympic Ski Team.

Consuelo Northrop Bailey first woman elected Speaker of VT House. 
         - Vermont has most female lawmakers in any state legislature: 52.

Consuelo Northrup Bailey elected Lt. Governor. First woman in the nation to be elected to this office.

1964 - Gov. Philip Hoff, by executive order, establishes the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women.

1971 - VT Legislature expands legislation prohibiting discrimination in hiring based on gender.

1972 - VT Supreme Court legalizes abortion by vacating an earlier law.

1973 - VT Legislature ratifies ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) to US Constitution.

1974 -
Stella Hackel-Sims first women elected State Treasurer.

Stella Hackel-Sims first women to run for governor; she loses.

1977 -
Sister Elizabeth Candon appointed  Secretary of Human Services.

1980 - OWLS replaced by Women's Legislative Caucus.

1981 -
V. Louise McCarren chairs Public Service Board.

1984 -
Madeleine Kunin elected first woman governor of VT.

1986 - ERA defeated nationally in popular referendum.
         - ERA amendment to the Vermont Constitution fails to be ratified in popular referendum.

1987 - VT Women's State Fair celebrating 10th anniversary of Women's Decade.

1990 - Denise Johnson first woman to serve on state Supreme Court.
         - Lavinia Bright, first black woman elected to VT House.

1993 - Mary Adelia McLeod chosen first woman Episcopal Bishop of VT.

1994 - Vermont constitutional amendment establishes gender inclusive language.

1997 - Governor's Commission on the Status of Women re-established as Governor's Commission on Women.
Major General Martha Rainville elected by legislature to serve as first woman Adjutant General.
         - Dec. 10,
Jody Williams awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Deborah Markowitz
first woman elected Secretary of State.

- April Rushlow receives official title of Chief of the Abenaki.

2002 - Governor's Commission on Women (GCW) re-established by statute as VT Commission on Women.

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