The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a community wide event with former Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kunin on Wednesday, May 8 at the New England Youth Theatre.

Madeleine M. Kunin
Madeleine M. Kunin

Based on her 2012 book The New Feminist Agenda (Chelsea Green), Kunin’s discussion will address longstanding concerns about opportunity and family responsibilities, including innovative work/family policies embracing affordable quality child care, paid family leave, and equal pay for equal work. “Can women and men unite on sensible and fair family/work issues?” she asks in her book The New Feminist Agenda. President Bill Clinton states: “In this important new book, Madeleine Kunin argues that empowering women to succeed at home and at work is both good economics and good social policy. She presents a convincing roadmap for how we achieve that vision, and calls on all of us to be part of a brighter future.”

The event begins with a social hour at 5:00 PM with Kunin’s presentation starting at 6:00 PM. There will be a Q&A session where Kunin will also take time to autograph her book. Special thanks to Everyone’s Books for donating a portion of the proceeds to the BMH Auxiliary. The BMH Auxiliary will host a brief business meeting after the Q&A session and anyone who is interested in becoming a member may stay.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted. The New England Youth Theatre is located at 100 Flat Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. Seating is limited. Call 802-257-0688 to make reservations in advance.

Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont and the first woman governor in the U.S. to serve three terms. She served as Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland in the Clinton administration. In addition to The New Feminist Agenda, Kunin is also the author of Pearls, Politics and Power (Chelsea Green, 2008), and Living a Political Life (Vintage, 1995). She is also a Marsh professor at the University of Vermont, a commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and founder and board member of the global Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nongovernmental organization focused on climate change and civil society. She lives in Burlington, Vermont with her husband, John Hennessey.

The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is a charitable and diverse organization with a deep sense of collective purpose. Our challenge now is to attract new members who believe that small gestures matter a great deal to our family, friends and neighbors who use and need BMH. The Auxiliary carries the hope of many generations of dedicated volunteers. Please come to support this event and learn more about our mission.