Vermont Women Examine Domestic Violence

03/21/12 7:50AM By Mitch Wertlieb, Melody Bodette
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All this week we've been celebrating Women's History Month, in collaboration with the Vermont Commission on Women.

Wednesday afternoon, a group of four women will be part of a panel examining Women's Legal Rights in the 1970's and 80's.

Sandy Baird will be one of those women, and will speak from first-hand experience on the legal reality of those decades. 

Baird is a lawyer and professor at Burlington College, and by her own account took an unusual path to becoming an attorney, passing the bar after working as a clerk at Vermont Legal Aid for five years. 

Baird tells VPR's Mitch Wertlieb one of the first things that struck her when she became a lawyer was how little recourse there was in Vermont's civil court system for women being abused at home.

Click listen to hear the interview. 

The panel discussion "Women of Change: Making Strides in Women's Legal Rights in the '70s and '80s" takes place Wednesday at noon at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier.

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