VtWomenBlock 1777
Vermont declares itself an independent state.

1785
Lucy Terry Prince, former slave, appears before The Vermont Governor and Council to defend in person her  family’s title to property in Guilford.

1791
Vermont admitted to Union as 14th state.

1811
Mary Palmer Tyler publishes The Maternal Physician, one of the earliest childcare manuals in the US.

1814
Emma Willard opens Middlebury Female Seminary.

1819
Emma Willard publishes Plan for Improving Female Education.

1835
420 women sign antislavery petition in Starksboro and send it to Congress.

1836-37
Many women petition the Vermont Legislature to prohibit the sale of alcohol.

1847
Vermont Legislature grants married women the right to make wills and some control over their inherited personal property.

1852
Clarina Howard Nichols becomes first woman to address the Vermont Legislature. She asks for, and is denied, school suffrage for women.

1867
Legislature grants married women control over their inherited personal property.

1869
Council of Censors proposes woman suffrage amendment to the Vermont Constitution.

1870
First statewide women's suffrage campaign.
Constitutional Convention defeats women's suffrage amendment 233 to 1.

1871
UVM admits first female students.

1875

1880
Tax-paying women obtain right to vote in school meetings.

1882
WCTU lobbies successfully for first state temperance education law enacted in US.

1883
Middlebury College admits first female students.

1884
Formation of Vermont Woman Suffrage Association.
Legislature grants married women the right to make contracts, to sue and be sued.

1886
Legislature grants married women the right to control their own earnings.

1896
Vermont Federation of Women's Clubs founded.

1899
Mary Annette Anderson of Shoreham, first Vermont African-American woman to earn a college  degree, as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College, also class valedictorian.

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