We’re thrilled to announce that former state representative Louvenia Dorsey Bright, the first Black woman ever to be elected to the Vermont Legislature, is the recipient of the 2023 Kunin Achievement Award!
Read more about this trailblazing woman:
The criteria for nominees of the award are:
2021 – Gaye Symington – Former Speaker of the Vermont House
2020 – Mary Sullivan – Former State Legislator and DNC National Committeewoman
2019 – Jane Stetson – Former DNC Fundraising Chair
2018 – Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce
2017 – Sallie Soule – State Legislator and Commissioner of Employment and Training
Governor Kunin has had an expansive political career spanning nearly five decades, as a community advocate, member of the Vermont House, Lieutenant Governor, Governor, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and Ambassador to Switzerland. She is the only woman to serve as Governor of Vermont, the first Jewish Governor of Vermont, and the first Jewish woman elected Governor of a U.S. state. She has worked as a journalist and college professor, and is the author of several books, including “The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family.” She founded Emerge Vermont and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. Kunin is the mother of four grown children, and has been a tireless advocate for the rights and opportunities of women and girls.