Burlington Celebrates International Women's Day

Posted by Kelsey Evans

Mar 22, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Last week marked the annual observance of International Women's Day and the city of Burlington celebrated March 12th with a gathering at the Kings Street Center sponsored by the Burlington College Institute for Civic Engagement, the Caroline Fund, The Laura Kate Winterbottom Memorial Fund, the Zonta Club of Burlington, Hope Works, the City of Burlington, and the Peace and Justice Center. 

First observed in the United States in 1909, Women's Day arose during the labor struggles of the early 20th century. The first designated National Women's day was put forth by the Socialist Party of America in honor of a strike of women New York garment workers against their working conditions.
 
By 1911, International Women's Day was officially marked in northern europe, where more than one million men and women rallied in support of a woman's right to vote, hold public office, obtain vocational training and called for an end to discrimination on the job. At the breakout of World War I, women in Europe and Russia used International Women's day to protest the war and join in solidarity with other activists across the continent.
 
However it was not until 1975 - after six decades of struggles and triumphs that Women's Day was celebrated by the United Nations, launching official recognition of the rights of women and the struggle for gender equality across the globe.
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Topics: Community Engagement, Legal and Justice Studies, Burlington

Sandy Baird Receives Pro Bono Award

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Mar 25, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Burlington College faculty member Sandra Baird received the Pro Bono Service Award from the Vermont Bar Association at their mid-year meeting at the Hilton on March 21. The award is given annually to recognize an individual’s extraordinary efforts on behalf of the disadvantaged throughout Vermont.

Baird received the award for her work as a private attorney willing to take pro bono clients referred by Vermont Volunteers Lawyers Project and through the Burlington College Pro Se Legal Clinic. Nominated by several members of the legal community, including Angele Court of the VVLP and Chittenden County Probate Judge Susan Fowler, Baird is a lawyer, educator, and prominent civil rights activist. Fowler lauded Baird “as a strong advocate for the voiceless.”

For years, Baird has been providing free legal services to a diverse population of clients through the Burlington College Pro Se Legal Clinic.  She also serves at Burlington College as Chair of the Legal and Justice Studies Department at Burlington College, the Cuba Overseas Study Program, and the Institute for Civic Engagement.
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Topics: Awards, Legal and Justice Studies

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