Lea Sikora Finck
1940 to Today
Subject CategoriesGovernment / Politics
One of first two girls appointed in 1968 to be legislative pages in the 1969 legislative session.
Date of Birth08/17/1955
Diane Kearns and Lea Sikora, eighth grade classmates at Montpelier's Main Street School, were appointed in December 1968 to be the first girls to serve as pages in the Vermont State House by Sergeant at Arms Reide B. Payne, Democrat of Rutland. They served in the 1969 session. Lea Sikora was the daughter of Kenneth Sikora, head of the Vermont regional office of the Federal Bureau of Public Roads and Patricia Fitzpatrick Sikora. According to the Rutland Herald (December 14, 1968) Lea Sikora's fellow page, Diane Kearns, 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 responsibility of appointing pages was later transferred to the sergeant at arms. Sikora was 13 at the time of her appointment.
Sikora went on to be Montpelier High School Valedictorian and was a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship. She was one of the first women to attend Dartmouth College all 4 years and graduated in 1977. In addition, she was a qualifier for first women's Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984 and qualified for the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Marathon Trials.