03/24/08 3:48PM By Betty Smith-Mastaler
Vermont's history is rich with the stories of women who have shaped our culture. VPR is celebrating Women's History Month with a special series of stories about Vermont Women and the lasting contributions they have made to our life here in Vermont. Listen this week during Morning Edition, as VPR examines the lasting contributions of five unique individuals.
Photo: The Enfield Shaker Museum's Curatorial Committee on the steps of the Vermont Historical Society's Library in Barre, where they researched the Shaker families who came from Vermont. Committee members in the photo are: Front row: Barbara Woods, Brattleboro. Back row (l to r): Cathy McGee, Norwich; Cynthia Barton, Hanover; Galen Beale, Canterbury. Absent: Jean Beard, Hanover.
Donella Meadows was a scientist trained in chemistry and biophysics who lived the last few years of her life in Hartland.
For 12 years, Diana Wright was Donella Meadows' research assistant.
As VPR's week honoring women who have contributed to the life and culture of Vermont continues, we hear from historian Deborah Clifford (pictured, right) about writer Shirley Jackson and the years she spent in southern Vermont.
Christine Smith - history teacher at Spaulding High School and Barre Technical Center - has the story of the Women's Relief Corp in post-Civil-War Vermont.
Commentator Cyndy Bittinger tells how one of the best books about farm life in Vermont in the 1940s came to be written by a German refugee.
We conclude this week's series on notable
Vermont women, with the story of Sister Jane Blanchard - a
Vermont Shaker - as told by author and Shaker scholar Galen Beale.
Photo: Canterbury Shaker Village Collection