Vermont Women In History, VPR’s series of essays on Vermont Women and the
Law coincides with the Vermont Commission on Women’s publication
of the 6th edition of "The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont". Today many of the laws discussed in the book apply to women and men equally,
but writer, historian and commentator Marilyn Blackwell says that wasn’t
always the case.
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.