AMHERST, Mass. – Madeleine M. Kunin, former governor of Vermont and U.S. ambassador, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Amherst about her latest book, The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family, on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. in 302-304 Gordon Hall. A reception and book signing will follow Kunin’s talk.
Kunin, a 1956 graduate of UMass Amherst, served as governor of Vermont from 1985-91, and during the Clinton administration was deputy secretary of education, then ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from 1996-99. She is now a Marsh Professor of political science at the University of Vermont and 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.
This event is hosted by the UMass Amherst Center for Public Policy and Administration and is co-sponsored by the university’s Center for Research on Families; the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center; Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies program at UMass Amherst, and MotherWoman.