Madeleine Kunin

Madeleine Kunin joined "Vermont Edition" and a live audience to discuss her new book, "Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties."
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Former Gov. Madeleine Kunin has been an author, ambassador, advocate and governor in a career that's spanned decades. Now that long life is the focus of her new book about aging.

Gov. Kunin joins Vermont Edition in front of a live audience to talk about her "journey to the eighties" and how aging changes us in mind and spirit. And as the only woman who's served as Vermont's Governor, we'll ask her about the role of women in our current political climate.

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For a few hours on Saturday afternoon, Vermont's capital was a sea of pink. An estimated 15,000 people came out for the local Women's March, many wearing pink hats knitted especially for the occasion in a very particular shape.

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Times Argus

Hundreds of thousands participated in the Women's March on Washington or in satellite marches across the country Saturday. Throughout the day, VPR will be with Vermonters participating in Washington, D.C., at what is expected to be the largest of the marches, as well at a "sister" event in Montpelier. 

This Jan. 9, 2003 photo, taken ahead of Jim Douglas' gubernatorial inauguration, features a number of former Vermont governors. From left: Howard Dean, Philip Hoff, Madeleine Kunin, Jim Douglas, Tom Salmon and F. Ray Keyser.
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Wanting to be the governor of Vermont is one thing. Campaigning, getting elected, and then assembling a transition team and cabinet is another. There's also preparing your budget and legislative priorities for the next biennium.

From left to right: Toby Talbot|AP; Angela Evancie|VPR

  Vermont is one of just two states in the country that still have a two-year term for Governor. But there's an effort at the Statehouse to amend the state constitution to move to a four-year term.

Former Governor Madeleine Kunin with Rep. Sarah Buxton.
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Former Governor Madeleine Kunin doesn't want to be known as the only female governor in Vermont's history. She announced Monday that the state is joining 13 others in Emerge America, a San Francisco-based 501c(4) non-profit seeking to get more women Democrats into elected office.

"There's room on the statehouse walls for another portrait," Kunin said, referencing the tradition of mounting a portrait of each governor in the statehouse. She hopes another woman's portrait will join her's there.