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The First of Many: Consuelo Northrop Bailey and Vermont Women in Politics

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02/07/2005

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Consuelo Northrop Bailey's inauguration as the nation's first female elected lieutenant governor. Over Bailey's long career, she amassed many notable "firsts," opening doors for women such as Madeleine Kunin, who would go on to hold public office in VT, the nation, and internationally. Bailey was also the first woman Speaker of the House, the first woman to try a murder case in the state, and the first VT woman to be admitted to practice law before the US Supreme Court. In this program, Sylvia Bugbee and Selene Colburn speak about the life and work of Bailey and the story of VT women in politics as documented in archival collections at UVM and repositories around the state. Research-in-Progress #186.

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