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Apr 12 2018

The news that Vermont would be the last in the nation to send a woman to represent the state in the U.S. Congress has sparked discussion about the reasons for and significance of this historical ranking, and even whether gender is still a factor in electoral politics.

Feb 21 2018

On the evening of August 26, 2014, as Peter and Sandra Balint waited to learn whether their daughter Becca would win her first-ever political contest, Liz Bankowski crossed a Brattleboro meeting room with something to say. Bankowski, former chief of staff to Vermont's only woman governor and herself a senior stateswoman, had watched Becca Balint's campaign for the Vermont Senate and been impressed by her natural talent and skillful stumping.

"Someday she's going to be governor," Bankowski told the couple.

Nov 22 2017

Like their counterparts in other state capitols, women who work in the Vermont Statehouse are starting to speak out about what goes on under the golden dome — and what to do about it.

Nov 10 2017

Today is Election Day. On this day a year ago, our country elected a misogynist, sexual predator as president. Over these past 12 months, I’ve heard countless stories from women about the emotional landslide they underwent from Nov. 7-9, 2016 – from exuberant anticipation to electoral shock to depressed misery.

Oct 27 2017

My grandfather John Carzello died a few days before the Women’s March and inauguration of Donald Trump. Papa Carzello was a decorated U.S. Navy veteran who honorably served in WWII and The Korean War. His military funeral was respectful and beautiful and paid tribute to his sacrifice. He died when he was 90 years old. It was a huge blow to our family, but he lived a good and long life filled with happiness. He was truly a gentle giant and one of the kindest humans who ever walked the planet. I am so proud to be his granddaughter.

Oct 27 2017
by Caleigh Cross, Kayla Collier and Madeline Hughes

For women in Vermont, leadership roles have been difficult to grasp over the years as they fought for equal rights, equal pay and equal representation. Of the 296 state constitutional officers elected since 1778, only 11 have been women, including a single female governor — Madeleine Kunin, who held the office from 1985 to 1991. Vermont and Mississippi are the only two states never to have elected a woman to the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives.

Oct 19 2017

A friend relayed a conversation she'd had with a male politician recently. He said he didn't really support the efforts of Emerge Vermont — a left-leaning political training program for women candidates; he believes there's no need for it.  "We're post-gender," he remarked — or some such nonsense. He wasn't commenting on the empowerment of transgender people. No, it simply wasn't a priority for him to elect more women because, he explained, women have already made so many strides. He also didn't think that electing more women would change political conversations. Oh, please!

Oct 19 2017

Oberlin continued its dedication to civic participation, political activism, and social justice Tuesday as college students, faculty, and Oberlin residents lined up outside of Wilder 101 to hear executive director of Emerge Vermont Ruth Hardy, OC ’92, speak. The enthusiastic and sweaty audience packed the lecture hall, listening to Hardy discuss why women should run for office and why voters should support them.

Aug 27 2017

On Facebook and Instagram, I follow:

KW: For Vermonters, mostly politicians. We have some good ones, so it's nice to see them doing good in turbulent times. One prominent one would be Kesha Ram (@KeshaRam). We also follow and work with Emerge Vermont a lot, which promotes Democratic women.

Aug 17 2017

A great story on Vermont Public Radio's Brave Little State podcast about the hard work of being a legislator, and how the salary and schedule make it difficult for many Vermonters to serve.

Blog Posts

Jun 20 2018

We are excited to welcome alumna Sarah Levine to the the Emerge Vermont Team to serve as Interim Director/Program Coordinator until mid-November.

Apr 30 2018
In thinking back over our six months of working together, I can say with zero hesitation that there's no way I’d be running for state representative if it weren’t for Emerge. The nuts-and-bolts training, the information and resources, the timelines and projects and handouts: I actually know what I’m doing! And when I don’t, I know where to turn.

Apr 12 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us on March 24th for the Emerge Vermont Annual Celebration of Women in Politics 2018. It was an amazing evening honoring Vermont Democratic women past, present, and future. We're thrilled to welcome Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley as a special guest and keynote speaker at the event.

Feb 23 2018

Meet Jana Brown! Jana is running for the Richmond Library Board. She's a member of our Class of 2018. Jana is the Executive Director of the Children's Literacy Foundation, and the mother of a young son.

Feb 23 2018

Meet Ebony Nyoni! Ebony is running for Winooski City Council. She's a member of our Class of 2018. A former educator and prominent community activist, Ebony is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Vermont. 

Feb 23 2018

Meet Julie Raboin! Julie is running for re-election to the Newport City Council, to which she was appointed to fill a vacancy last year. She's a member of our Class of 2014. Julie grew up on a dairly farm in the Northeast Kingdom, and currently works as a prevention specialist at the Vermont Department of Health.

Feb 23 2018

Meet Laura Williams! Laura is running for the South Burlington School Board. She's a member of our Class of 2018. The mother of two South Burlington Schools alumni, Laura works as a Spanish teacher at Essex High School.

Feb 23 2018

Meet Diane Kirson-Glitman! Diane is running for re-election to the Mount Mansfield Modified Unified School Board. She's a member of our Class of 2016. Diane is a pediatric nurse and is currently the school nurse at Essex High School. She has served on her local school board for thirteen years!

Feb 21 2018

Melody Deflorio is running for Orange Southwest School Board to represent the town of Randolph. She's a member of our Class of 2018. Melody is the Director of Financial Aid at the Vermont Law School and the mother of a young daughter. Even during snow and rain, Melody has been getting out to meet voters and hear their concerns and ideas.

Feb 17 2018

Meet Leah Romano! Leah is running for Norwich Selectboard. She's a member of our Class of 2018. Leah is a human resources and communications manager at a local medical firm and loves her small town.

Press Releases

Oct 3 2016

Emerge Vermont announces the debut of a new program, Emerge Vermont Local, specifically designed for women seeking local office positions in Vermont. Emerge Vermont is the premier candidate training program dedicated to increasing the number of Democratic women serving in elected and appointed office at all levels of government. 

May 10 2016

Emerge Vermont, dedicated to increasing the number of Democratic women serving in elected and appointed office at all levels of government through a comprehensive 5-month campaign training program, graduated 17 program members on Saturday, May 7th in Burlington. 

Nov 2 2015

October 26, 2015

Burlington, VT. – Emerge Vermont has appointed a new Executive Director, Ruth Hardy of Middlebury, Governor Madeleine M. Kunin, board chair, announced today. She will replace founding Executive Director Sarah McCall who left the position to manage Sue Minter’s campaign for Governor.

 

May 19 2015

Burlington, VT.  – Emerge Vermont, dedicated to increasing the number of Democratic women serving in elected and appointed office at all levels of government through a comprehensive 5-month campaign training program, will graduate 12 program members on Saturday, May 16th in Burlington. Program members received in-depth instruction from expert trainers in: campaign strategy, public speaking and communication, fundraising, media and messaging, networking, field organizing, labor and endorsements, and technology.

Sep 25 2014

Application Window to Apply for the Emerge Vermont Class of 2015 is Currently Open


Vermont – Emerge Vermont, the premier political leadership training program dedicated to increasing the number of Democratic women serving in elected and appointed office at all levels of government, has opened their application window to apply to join the training Class of 2015. 

Jul 10 2014

Rutland, VT.  – Emerge Vermont, dedicated to increasing the number of Democratic women serving in elected and appointed office at all levels of government through a comprehensive 5-month campaign training program, will graduate 17 inaugural program members on Saturday, July 12th in Rutland.

Feb 12 2014

Burlington, VT.  – Emerge Vermont, dedicated to increasing the number of Democratic women serving in elected and appointed office at all levels of government through a comprehensive 5-month training program, announced its Board of Directors today.

Link to full press release, HERE.

Jan 2 2014

***PRESS ADVISORY*** 

Applications for Emerge Vermont Class of 2014 Open January 6, 2014


Vermont – Emerge Vermont, the premier training program dedicated to increasing the number of Democratic women serving in elected and appointed office at all levels of government, is opening the application process for the Class of 2014 on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Link to official press release, here.

Sep 23 2013

September 23, 2013 – Former Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kunin will launch Emerge Vermont, a new organization to recruit and train Democratic women to run for public office at the local, state and national levels.  State and local officials will join her on Tuesday, September 24, at the Hotel Vermont, Burlington, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  Vermont is the 14th state to affiliate with the national organization, Emerge America.

Link to full press release, HERE.

Sep 20 2013

Advisory: Governor Madeleine Kunin to Announce Vermont Joins Emerge America to Advance Women in Politics


Burlington, VT – Governor Madeleine M. Kunin will announce the formation of Emerge Vermont, the newest of 14 state affiliates of Emerge America.   The goal of Emerge Vermont is to build a pipeline of qualified Democratic women candidates to run for office in Vermont.

Link to full press advisory, HERE.

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