Cary Brown

Commentator

Cary Brown is Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, an independent state agency dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women in Vermont. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she served two terms as a VCW commissioner, worked as the Director of Girls’ Programs for Vermont Works for Women, and directed the Women in Technology Project at Vermont Technical College. Ms. Brown received a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College, and a Master’s of Public Administration from Norwich University.

Brown: The First Woman

Mar 25, 2015

Women’s History Month gives us a lot of opportunity to reflect on notable “firsts.”

Collection of the Vermont Historical Society

Strolling through the State House in Montpelier , looking at the many portraits of governors, legislators, and other notable Vermonters on its walls, it wouldn’t take anyone too long to notice a theme – with a few exceptions, including Governor Madeleine Kunin, they mostly represent men. But at the top of the stairs, right before the entrance to the Senate chamber, there’s one portrait of a woman that really stands out.