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Women have raced since 1897, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that the sport of car racing shifted into high gear for women. Along the way, a number of women pioneered the sport, among them Vermont’s own Shirley Muldowney, a Burlington resident, now 74 years old. Known as the “First Lady of Drag Racing,” Muldowney won the NHRA Top Fuel championship in 1977, 1980, and 1982, becoming the first person to win three Top Fuel titles, and eventually won a total of 18 NHRA national events.
A new lineup of women race-car drivers now lives and works Vermont. Though car racing continues to be predominantly a man’s world, and corporations providing sponsorship seem slow in figuring out how to leverage women drivers, this has not deterred these women from pursuing a sport that requires mental and physical strength and endurance, financial resourcefulness and business savvy, good mechanical know-how, and excellent interpersonal skills. And hunger for competition and the thrill of speed.
Photo: Ashley Freibert, award-winning race-car driver from Bondville, Vermont
photo: Margaret McKay | CKCMNS
We sadly report that Barbara passed away on April 27, 2015.
In the June 2012 issue of Vermont Woman, Barbara Bardin was our featured cover profile. It was a joyfully honest and sometimes painfully revealing interview. Barbara is the founder and owner of Splash at the Boathouse, located on the dock on Lake Champlain in Burlington. She is famous for her fun-loving spirit, imaginative catering and party management, and love of fine food and good champagne. She has a big persona, and with her generosity and knack for easy engagement, she has made hundreds of adoring friends over the years.
In October 2012 Barbara was diagnosed with ovarian cancer Stage III.
Photo: Barbara Bardin at Splash! at the Boathouse in Burlington Summer, 2012.
photo: Jan Doerler
Ovarian cancer is serious but fairly rare. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States and accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in women in the US.
According to the National Cancer Institute, ovarian cancer begins either in the cells on the surface of the ovary, called epithelial cancer, or in egg cells, where growths are identified as malignant germ cell tumors. Fallopian tube cancer and primary peritoneal cancer are similar to ovarian epithelial cancer and are staged and treated in the same way. Like other cancers, ovarian cancer spreads through the lymph system. An estimated 22,000 cases were expected in 2013 with about 14,000 deaths anticipated.
The exact causes are still unknown.
Photo: Deb Clark prepares to administer chemo to patient Barbara Bardin at the chemo infusion room at the University of Vermont Medical Center. photo: Jan Doerler
When writer Yvonne Daley identifies a good she can contribute to the world, she makes it happen. Just months after tropical storm Irene hit Vermont in 2011, Daley saw the need to record instances of community togetherness in the face of devastation, so she authored A Mighty Storm: Stories of Resilience after Irene.
That same year, she published Octavia Boulevard, chronicling her years on the San Francisco boulevard, from 2003 to 2007.
Photo: Yvonne Daley with her dog, Daniel.
Photo: Pamela Gerard
—Janet Kilburn Phillips, gardener
May is for planting in Vermont. If you’re a vegetable gardener, these longer days and the more direct sunlight and warming temperatures have got you looking at seeds packets at the store, pulling out your seed-starting supplies, and putting upcoming seedling sales on your calendar.
Photo: A teepee-style support is an effective way to stake pole beans.
photo: Tristan Von Duntz
Learning doesn’t have to end with your diploma. Vermont’s colleges, universities, technical education centers, and nonprofit organizations offer many opportunities to become a lifelong learner. These programs are ideal for everyone, whether participants are seeking new career skills, new perspectives, or personal enrichment. Importantly, these programs offer a chance for socialization and fun, too.
Photo: Central Vermont OLLI members enjoying a recent lecture.
photo: Reidun Nuquist
Largely influenced by pop culture icons suggesting her breasts were inadequate, Denee Dimiceli felt unhappy about the size of her breasts. At age 27, she opted for breast augmentation, despite her spouse’s reassurances that her breasts were fine.
Dimiceli’s decision isn’t surprising. Ads promoting breast augmentation abound. “Envision Your New Breasts!” “Fast Breast Enlargement!” promotions boast. Such ads are proliferating and aimed at younger audiences who are choosing augmentation at increasing rates.
Eileen Whalen is now the president, chief operating officer, and acting chief nursing officer of the University of Vermont Medical Center—or whatever it’s called now.
All of us at Vermont Woman fall all over ourselves in ecstasy when the Manarchy appoints a woman head of anything. Whalen is smart and experienced, with serious street cred...