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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 Vermont 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
Vermont Legislature expands legislation prohibiting discrimination in hiring based on gender.

1972
Vermont Supreme Court legalizes abortion by vacating an earlier law.

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

1974
Stella Hackel-Sims first woman 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 female governor of VT.

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

1987
Vermont 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 Vermont House.

1993
Mary Adelia McLeod chosen first woman Episcopal Bishop of Vermont.

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 female 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 Vermont Commission on Women.