When Women Lead: Governor Madeleine Kunin of Vermont

Portrait of Madeleine Kunin

In 1984 Madeleine Kunin was elected the first female governor of Vermont.  For the first time, an inaugural gown was worn by the Governor, not the first lady.

In spring 2020, Governor Kunin donated her three inaugural gowns to the Vermont Historical Society. The gowns were placed on exhibit at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier from July 2020 - May 2021.

We developed this online exhibit to give context to those three gowns. The exhibit explores Kunin's roles as legislator, governor, ambassador, and mentor.