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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.

May 27 2017

ADDISON COUNTY — When Peg Martin broke the gender barrier as the first woman on the Middlebury selectboard in 1973, board chair Earl Cone greeted her with: “You can’t change the color of the town trucks. We’ve just finally decided.”

Redecorating town equipment, said Martin, was hardly the top of her agenda. She’d cut her teeth with the League of Women Voters taking on sewage dumped in Otter Creek, among other issues.

“I was there. I was very interested in being there. And I was very interested in what was happening,” Martin recalled.

May 27 2017

A group of amazing women in Woodstock, Vermont organized a 99th birthday party for their friend and inspiration, Jane Curtis, on May 21, 2017. Jane's daughter, Kate Curtis Donahue and friend Willa Nohl spearheaded the effort, making the party a celebration of Democratic women in elected office and a fundraiser for Emerge Vermont.

Blog Posts

Nov 15 2017

by Jenn Wood EVT’18

I recently returned from my sixth Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Pittsburgh. Why have I repeated the same training program so many times? It’s an inspiring opportunity to learn first-hand from many of my climate heroes, not the least of whom is former Vice President Al Gore, about how to be a frontline agent for change. We will create that change by tackling the climate crisis head-on, engaging local communities, building networks of truth, and inspiring solutions and action.

Oct 19 2017

by Valerie Carzello, EVT'18

When Gov. Madeleine Kunin walked into my elementary school classroom, she was the most glamourous woman I had ever seen in person. Now, I know that is a pretentious way to describe our first woman Governor and I wish I had thought something more substantial than “Wow, she’s pretty!”

But there it is, in all its embarrassing glory.

Sep 19 2017

Definition of Political Courage

Representative Kiah Morris was a featured workshop leader at the Black Lives Matter Sister’s Keeper Conference on August 31, 2017 in Stowe, Vermont. Rep. Morris' workshop, entitled "Speaking our Truths: Activist-centric Political Advocacy" included a piece on what she believes defines "political courage."

Sep 18 2017

by Anna Caliandro, a Smith College student and Vermonter who was an intern with Emerge Vermont during Summer 2017

The 2016 Election felt like a rebuke against women in government. Outstanding and accomplished candidates such as Sue Minter and Hillary Clinton lost, and sexism was both blatant and subtle all the way through. Shortly after the election, I left for a semester abroad and interned for a female Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP). She was a forceful reminder every day of why it’s so important for women to run for and hold elected office.

Sep 5 2017

Introducing the members of our new class - bold women from across Vermont who will spend the next five months hard at work, training to run for public office. Our Class of 2018 will be our largest yet, 29 women from 9 counties and 19 towns. The women in our new class are educators, business owners, activists, lawyers, moms, students, non-profit leaders, and artists.

Jul 18 2017

The women we train are amazing. We take them into our program, put them in a powerful all-woman space, and hone their political reflexes under the tutelage of experienced professionals. Then we send them out into the chaotic world of political campaigns where they’re forced to worry about what they’ll wear, with whom to be seen, when to step into the fray, and how best to appeal to the voting masses.

It’s a lot of work to go from the relative safety of the Emerge Sisterhood onto the bullet-ridden fields of political battle. You often need a shield, thick skin, and some excellent footwear (and a network of badass women behind you). It’s no easy task to step off the parapet and run for office. In fact, it often takes a wonder woman.

May 8 2017
Thank you to those who joined us at the Emerge Vermont Annual Event, She Persists: A Celebration of Women in Politics.
 
It was an incredible evening, filled with inspiring stories from Democratic women leaders in Vermont - past, present, and future!
 
We are grateful to everyone on our program and in our audience.
Please enjoy these photos by event photographer Michael Tallman.
May 6 2017

Hello, I am Michael DeSanto, owner of Phoenix Books and I am a new supporter of Emerge Vermont. I am also a proud new member of Men for Emerge, which will be calling upon men to change the old way of doing politics, by supporting more women to serve as the leaders of our society.

Apr 29 2017

I am honored to accept the first Annual Governor Madeleine M. Kunin Lifetime Achievement Award from Emerge on behalf of my mother, Sallie Soule.  She could not be with us this evening as she is in Florida preparing for a Climate Change march.  At almost 89 years old, she’s still leading the way and actively engaging in issues that matter.   Here are my mother’s remarks, as shared with me:

Mar 8 2017

Vermont painter Kate Longmaid has generously agreed to donate 10% of the sales from her portraiture exhibit, "Freedom Speak: Recent Work by Kate Longmaid" to Emerge Vermont. Kate's work is on exhibit at Shelburne Vineyard, 6308 Shelburne Road/Route 7 - Shelburne from March 1 - June 1, 2017.

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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