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One of first two girls appointed in 1968 to be legislative pages in the 1969 legislative session.
Date of Birth08/26/1955
In 1969, Dianne Kearns and Lea Sikora of Montpelier became the first females to serve as pages in the Vermont State House. "Dianne (had) sat in the House balcony in 1967 and watched as the members voted against giving girls equal rights with boys, as far as being pages went," the Rutland Herald reported on December 14, 1968. When Sergeant-at-Arms Reide B. Payne of Rutland discovered that state law included no reference to gender in relation to pages, he appointed the two eighth-grade classmates to serve during the 1969 legislative session. At the time of their appointment, Dianne Kearns was the daughter of Administration Commissioner William F. Kearns. As a young adult, she returned to Vermont as a reporter for the Rutland Herald, United Press International, and the Associated Press. In 2010, she graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School.