Change The Story Vermont (CTS) is a multi-year strategy to align 
program, policy, and philanthropy to significantly improve 
women's economic status in Vermont.
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The video features data from our two 2016 status reports:

"We need the contributions of all of you." - Loretta Lynch

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On Saturday, June 4th, attendees of Senator Patrick Leahy's 20th Annual Women's Economic Opportunity Conference (WEOC) were given great encouragement by keynote speaker U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. 

"The prosperity and well-being of America is increasingly tied to the prosperity and well-being of Vermont women," Lynch said. "In fact, we are the bedrock of the economy."

We were also delighted to hear Change The Story's two reports referenced in opening remarks by Sen. Leahy and by VT Technical College President Dan Smith. Dan spoke of VTC's new Gender Equity Initiative in partnership with VT Works for Women to increase  women's enrollment in five STEM programs. The Senator mentioned CTS not once but twice and cited statistics from the research reports to advocate for economic advancement of women.

Save the Date for Women Can Do! October 13th

Vermont Works for Women's Women Can Do! is a one-day career immersion experience for 9-12th  grade girls from across Vermont. It features dozens of hands-on workshops and action stations highlighting careers in the skilled trades and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

Photos from the VT Women's Fund Benefit are now available online

On May 3rd, the Vermont Women's Fund hosted their Annual Benefit featuring New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor,  Vermont Public Radio 's Jane Lindholm, and  Change The Story VT 's Tiff Bluemle. 

Photos of the event are now available

Mark your Calendars: Vermont Commission on Women will hold Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

The Vermont Commission on Women will hold its annual Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Wednesday September 14th at noon in House Chambers at the Vermont State House.  

Advisory Council members League of Women Voters of Vermont and Vermont Federation of Business and Professional Women join the Vermont Commission on Women as sponsors for this hour-long debate addressing issues of importance to Vermont women.  

This is a free, public event.  Please join us.
Don't miss these two reports!

Education Matters: The Impacts of Systemic Inequity in

Voices for Vermont's Children has just released a new report on Education in Vermont. 

Education Matters: The Impacts of Systemic Inequity in Vermont  examines the impacts of rising social inequality on Vermont students and student achievement by looking at indicators like standardized test scores, school size, disciplinary practices, out-of-school time, and graduation rates.   

The report acknowledges the importance of recent reforms aimed at closing gaps in access to pre- kindergarten, school meals, and out-of-school programs so that kids have the foundations they need to start school on strong footing.  Nonetheless, 1 in 3 Vermont kids live in low-income families, and post-recession rebounds to the economy have benefitted the top income brackets, while middle income families have less to spare.  "More and more kids are coming to school without the basic resources they need to be ready to learn," the report says. 

Stalled at the Start: Vermont's Child Care Challenge

Let's Grow Kids  has released a report analyzing
the supply of and demand for regulated infant and toddler care in Vermont.  

The study found that, statewide, Vermont lacks sufficient regulated child care to meet the needs of infants and toddlers likely to need care: almost half of Vermont infants and toddlers likely to need care do not have access to regulated early care and learning programs and 79% of infants and toddlers likely to need care do not have access to high-quality, regulated programs. 

The study also looked at access to regulated and high quality, regulated programs at the county level and found that in some places, 98% of infants likely to need care do not have access to high-quality, regulated programs. This lack of access to early care and learning programs is a significant challenge not only for Vermont's families with young children, but also for Vermont's communities and economy. 

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