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Vermont’s first female governor to talk on the women’s movement in Concord

Madeleine Kunin, Vermont’s first female governor, will speak about her book The New Feminist Agenda tomorrow at the Kimball-Jenkins Estate.

The talk is sponsored by the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative, in partnership with Gibson’s Bookstore and the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire. Kunin will speak 6 -7:30 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.

Kunin, who served as governor of Vermont from 1985 to 1991, has a contemporary take on feminist thinking, said Mary Johanna Brown, chairwoman of the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative. The book is filled with statistics and policy, but also touches on workplace policies and new family structures, Brown said. Kunin focuses on including men in discussions of feminism as well.

“It reads as a road map for how to achieve gender equity as we move forward into the future,” Brown said of the book.

Kunin’s talk is at an exciting time in women’s history, Brown said, as New Hampshire just elected the country’s first all-female congressional delegation. In addition, the women’s movement is at a critical moment in history, and Kunin is someone on the cutting edge of discussing where the movement should go, Brown said.

“I think that the women’s movement needs to figure out how to reinvent itself in contemporary terms,” she said. “And Madeleine Kunin knows that that’s needed.”

Kathleen Ronayne

Legacy Comments1

Another contradicting stance by feminists. In the movement it was stated that being a full time Mom was limited, unfullfilling, and stiffled women. This book says that women are equal and can manage both motherhood and work with more programs in the workplace that allow them to take a year's leave after becoming a Mom. That year's leave by the way should be a fully paid leave. So I guess raising a child is not so much parttime anymore. When you set yourself up as an equal in the workplace, one might say that being there is very important. One might also say that different rules for women in the workplace is not what it is cracked up to be. If you leave for a year, and your replacement does a better job than you, my guess is that the company will look to get you out. Companies know that hiring a woman that is of child bearing age can be a problem. Time off will be needed. Does that make them more likely to hire women? Does that hinder the company? The feminist movement was never for all women. They alienated stay at home Moms, I guess they are finding out now that raising kids is not a parttime job.

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