It's been 50 years since the publication of Betty Friedan's life changing book, The Feminine Mystique. How much has been accomplished since then, and what still has to be done to achieve true gender equality? Former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin remembers well when Friedan’s seminal work was discussed in her living room. She tracks both the achievements of the feminist movement and areas where work remains to be done in a conversation with journalist Fran Stoddard on the University of Vermont campus.
"Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique changed my life. Fifty years later, it’s time for another revolution to make it more possible for women, and increasingly men, to combine work and family. This is no longer a feminist issue, it’s an economic issue," Kunin said.
Kunin was Vermont’s 77th governor, serving from 1985 to 1991. To date, she is the state's only female governor. As a member of President Bill Clinton’s administration, she served as deputy secretary of education from 1993 to 1997 and as United States ambassador to Switzerland from 1996 to 1999. A well known advocate for gender equality, Kunin’s most recent book is The New Feminist Agenda, Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family. She is also the author of Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead. She is currently a James Marsh Professor at Large at UVM.
Fran Stoddard is a longtime Vermont journalist who has served as a producer and host for Vermont Public Radio and Vermont Public Television.
Community producer James Gero's video. Editor Dao X. Tran and readings by local changemakers Patrick Brown, Denise Dunbar, Reuben Jackson, and others.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is joined by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and a member of the Wagner family, owners of Waggy’s store and deli, the first business to participate in the innovative financing program that helps pay for energy efficiency improvements. The deli is the first business to participate in the program that lets customers take advantage of savings on their monthly utility bills to pay for energy-saving improvements.
Authorized by a Sanders provision in a 2011 energy bill, a $1 million grant to the Burlington Electric Department helped launch the on-bill financing program.
Against a backdrop of partisan rancor and stalemate in the nation’s capital, prominent economist Alice Rivlin gives a lecture titled “Facing Economic Challenges and Polarized Politics”.
Rivlin is a longtime veteran of the budget wars in Washington. She was director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Bill Clinton and was the first director of the Congressional Budget Office. An expert on fiscal and monetary policy, she also served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve Bank.
Rivlin is fully engaged in the current fiscal debate. She co-chaired the Debt Reduction Task Force sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center in 2010 and was named to the Simpson Bowles National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform by President Barak Obama.
“Alice Rivlin will provide unique insight into the partisan budget debate being played out in Congress. Her experience in both the legislative and executive branches of government in several administrations has enabled her to become a voice of reason,” said former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin, a UVM Marsh Professor–at-Large and co-sponsor of the lecture.
“Rivlin played an important role in helping the Clinton administration achieve a budget surplus,” she added. “She has most recently been involved in two deficit reduction commissions and brings both enormous knowledge and experience to this topic.”
Rivlin is currently a senior fellow and director of the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. She won a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship in 1983.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the UVM Department of Economics.
How can the Republican Party connect with mainstream America? That's the question former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas explores in what is titled, "GOP RIP? How the Republican Party Can Connect with Mainstream America," part of the Mark L. Rosen Memorial Lecture Series at the University of Vermont. Douglas served the people of Vermont for nearly four decades, beginning with his election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1972, the same year he graduated from Middlebury College. He left the Vermont House in 1979 to become a top aide to the late Vermont Governor Richard Snelling. He was elected Vermont’s secretary of state in 1980, and in 1994, state treasurer. In 2002, he was elected the 80th governor of Vermont and was re-elected to this position in 2004, 2006, and 2008. In 2009, he announced that he would not seek election for a fifth term, and in 2011 he became an executive-in-residence at his alma mater, where he teaches a class titled “Vermont Government and Politics.” As governor, Douglas was chosen for several leadership positions by his colleagues nationally. In February 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him co-chair of the Council of Governors.
At its May commencement ceremony, UVM will present Douglas with an honorary degree.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, discusses with Marianne Miller, Headstart Director with Central Vermont Community Action Council, and Steve Geller, Executive Director of Southeastern Vermont Community Action on how the current budget situation is impacting Vermonters. He also shares the direction he is fighting for as a member of the Budget Committee.
Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, presents - 'Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues'. Sponsored by the vanderHeyden Endowment for the Fine Arts, with additional support from the McCarthy Fund and the Society of St. Edmund. Sister Helen Prejean sparked a national dialogue on the death penalty and has helped shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. While living and working with the poor in New Orleans, Sister Prejean was asked to correspond with a death row inmate Patrick Sonnier at Angola. She agreed and became his spiritual adviser. After witnessing his execution, she wrote, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. It became a movie, an opera and a play for high schools and colleges.
Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. She has accompanied six men to their deaths. This inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, which was released by Random House in 2004.
Learn What Matters at Saint Michael's College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu
Burlington resident Ian Galbraith has been a longtime supporter of 2nd amendment Rights and gun ownership. He speaks to the issues of gun ownership and shares some of the workings of his personal gun. (no bullets included)
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announces a major climate change legislation. Sen. Sanders is joined by Sen. Boxer (D-Calif.), Bill McKibben, autohor, activist and founder of 350.org, Mike Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club and other leaders from the environmental community.
Town meeting sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders to discuss a varitey of senior-related issues with Nancy Altman, Co-Director of Social Security Works.
8:00 PMBurlington City Council
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