April, 2005

The Radical, The Practical: Women’s Studies in Vermont


When Virginia Woolf suggested in A Room of One’s Own that women were entitled to earn the same degrees at the same prestigious institutions of higher learning as men, the idea was as radical as they come. The year was 1928. Oxford held out until 1960.


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Women of the Sun


Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman loves harmony. As a member of Robert DeCormier’s Counterpoint, one of Vermont’s finest professional vocal ensembles, she performs and records in a wide variety of styles and languages. Counterpoint’s Christmas Show is an annual classic, carried nationally on National Public Radio. As a founding member of the Celestial Sirens, a group that focuses on early music, Chesnut-Tangerman has performed on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. In addition, she teaches choral music at the Long Trail School in Dorset, and coaches a talented cluster of teens called the Outer Lemmings.


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The Entrepreneurial Woman


What leads a woman to start her own business? Here in Vermont, where home-based “cottage” industry has been a tradition, one might think it’s no big deal. They’re wrong. It is a big deal.


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Words from the Silenced


“If it weren’t for photography, I may never have graduated from high school,” confides photographer Alice Greenwood, explaining the course of events that led to her upcoming exhibit “Faces of the Silenced: Portraits and Stories of Teenage Pregnancy.” Unlike her “more academic” sisters, Greenwood says she struggled in school until she took an introductory photography class as a freshman. She credits the discovery of this pursuit, and her instructor, for motivating her to get her high school diploma; she then went on to UVM and into her current job as a substance abuse counselor at the Lund Family Center in Burlington. She speaks thoughtfully about the avenues that have opened up to her, and how important it is for one to have options and support in facing the challenges of life.


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Susan Clark