Chara Vincelette spoke last week at the Women’s History Project, as part of the Vermont
Commission on Women’s celebration of women Veterans. Vincelette started her service with the Vermont National
Guard right out of high school and recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan.
VPR has been observing Women’s History month by looking back at Vermont women who’ve played significant roles in the
military. Today we speak with Courtney Beaulieu. The 21-year old returned late last year from Afghanistan, where she served as a member of the Vermont National
Commentator Ann Lawless of the American Precision Museum in Windsor has been getting ready for Vermont’s Civil War Commemoration this year by collecting stories about what Vermont women were doing both at the battle lines and on the home front.
According to historian Marilyn Blackwell, the Civil War was the first conflict in which the federal government involved women directly. One of them was Clarina Howard Nichols, best known in Vermont for her promotion of married women’s property rights.