Honorable Madeleine Kunin ('56)
Governor of Vermont from 1985-1991 and ambassador to Switzerland from 1996-1999.
UMass alumna Madeleine M. Kunin (’56) will speak about her latest book, The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family, on Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. in Gordon Hall 302-304. Kunin served as governor of Vermont from 1985 to 1991, and during the Clinton administration was deputy secretary of education, then ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein. She is now a Marsh professor of political science at the University of Vermont and is a commentator on Vermont Public Radio.
In The New Feminist Agenda, Kunin highlights the advancements that feminists made in the 1960s and 1970s and shows how those have allowed for improved rights and freedom for women in the United States today: Women now comprise nearly 60 percent of college undergraduates and half of all medical and law students. Most women today work outside the home, and families with two wage earners are the norm. While women have changed, though, social structures surrounding work and family have remained static. Affordable, high-quality childcare, paid family leave, and equal pay for equal work are still out of reach for most women.
Kunin — the first woman governor of Vermont and the only female in U.S. history to be elected governor three times — believes it’s time to usher in a new social revolution that will make it possible for all women to move forward. By examining five decades of women’s history in the United States and the current state of women’s rights in other countries, Kunin looks ahead at what will be possible when women and men together demand government and workplace reforms that will improve the lives of women and their families.
A reception and book signing will follow Kunin’s talk.