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The Politics Of Women, Work And Family

04/24/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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AP/Charles Dharapak
President Barack Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in the East Room of the White House, in January 2009.

With the presidential campaign in full swing, issues surrounding women, work and family are making regular appearances on the campaign trail, in the news, and in the public discourse. We look at how Vermont is doing when it comes to things like equal pay and equal opportunities for women, and at how these issues play out in an election year with Madeleine Kunin, to date the only woman to serve as governor of Vermont, Elaine McCrate, associate professor of Economics and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Vermont, and Wendy Love, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women.

Also on the program, the Vermont Bar Foundation is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. The Foundation's primary mission is to support what it calls "access to justice" for all Vermonters, by funding organizations that provide legal services to low income families. But, like so many organizations, the Bar Foundation has found itself with less money to give out in the past few years, while the need for the kind of legal services it helps fund has risen. We talk to Vermont Supreme Court Associate Justice John Dooley, who is on the board of directors of the Vermont Bar Foundation.

And area soccer fans may be familiar with the Montreal Impact. The team has been in existence since 1993. But this is the first year the Impact has made the jump to Major League Soccer, the top rung of the soccer ladder in the U.S. and Canada. VPR's Ric Cengeri recently attended a game between the Impact and their archrivals, Toronto F.C., to see how the franchise is faring in its new league.

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