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.
1953 - Consuelo Northrop Bailey first woman elected Speaker of VT House.
- Vermont has most female lawmakers in any state legislature: 52.
1954 - 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.
1976 - 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.
1998 - Deborah Markowitz first woman elected Secretary of State.
2001 - 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.