Women

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Thirty thousand men and women are in Hopkinton, Massachusetts to take part in the one hundred and twenty first running of the Boston Marathon. As the participants crowd together at the start, the energy will build until it’s released by the starting gun. And as the competitors surge forward, enthusiastic spectators will cheer them along for twenty six point two miles.

At first Vermont and Mississippi don’t appear to have much in common, but a recent report notes that they’re the only two states who’ve never sent a woman to Congress. Released by South Burlington-based Change the Story last week, Vermont Women and Leadership is the fourth in a series of studies related to women’s economic status in the Green Mountain State.

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Vermonters have all kinds of ways to boost their income potential, from education to professional training. But there’s a statistical drag on future earnings that half of this state’s residents can’t escape, and advocates are still working to close the persistent pay gap between men and women.

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In the midst of a national discussion about whether the tech industry is welcoming to women, we're plugging into the local community and asking what's top of mind for women in tech.

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You know the story of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who was almost assassinated for advocating for girls' education, and who later won a Nobel Peace Prize for efforts. But a new book by Vermont writer reminds us there are millions of Malalas in the world, and the barriers to their education are profound.

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A lot of us have been in conversations lately about what it's like to be a woman in this particular political and cultural moment. On the next Vermont Edition, we're moving that conversation into the studio.

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The first women who sought the American presidency in the 19th century did so in order to turn a spotlight on the fact that women had neither the right to vote nor full rights as citizens.

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New reports on women in the Vermont workforce show a wage and income disparity with their male counterparts that gets worse as women get older.

New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor covers workplace issues from the demanding culture of Amazon to challenges low income women face in pumping milk at work to how new scheduling apps are keeping workers from a steady income.

Vermont Historical Society

The best-known native of Vermont's Plymouth Notch is probably still President Calvin Coolidge.

But if you visit the little village's graveyard, someone else's grave is arguably more intriguing. At the bottom of the stone slab is the inscription "I Still Live." This is the final resting place of Achsa Sprague. 

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Germany may have a woman chancellor, but more than two-thirds of German businesses have no women in a senior role. It’s not much better in the United States. According to a study by the Grant Thornton International Business Report, of 45 countries, the U.S. ranked ninth from last when it came to women in top managerial positions – well behind Russia, Indonesia, Latvia and Peru.

You might think things are better in Vermont. But of the 99 largest employers in the state, just 15 percent are headed by women. 

UT Center for Sport, Peace and Society

Wasfia Nazreen is a woman on a mission: in her home country of Bangladesh, she works in the non-profit sector to help marginalized girls. And she’s shining a spotlight on that work by climbing the highest peak on each continent. She started the Bangladesh on Seven Summits Foundation to raise awareness for her cause, and that earned her a spot in a U.S. State Department project called the Global Sports Mentoring Program.

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On any given day, there are around 160 women in prison in Vermont. That’s a small percentage of the overall population, but the number of women in prison has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk about the specific challenges faced by Vermont women in prison with Jill Evans, Director of Women and Family Services at the Department of Corrections. We'll also talk to Julie Brisson, coordinator of the Wellness Workforce Coalition at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, who served time in Swanton prison in 2009.

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Jan Reynolds is a world-record breaking skier and adventurer who lives in Stowe. She has climbed some of the highest peaks in the world, often as the only woman in the expedition. She says the success of her adventures depended on learning to embrace her strengths as a woman, rather than imitating the men she traveled with.

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We’ve all heard about the glass ceiling. And the fact that there are fewer women in science, math, and engineering jobs. But that’s not just bad for women…it’s not so great for the economy either.