Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Ruth Finn of Barre to serve a third term as Commissioner on the state’s Vermont Commission on Women (VCW). Finn has served on the VCW since 2003 and brings a wealth of public service experience and an interest in women’s history to the Commission.
“I’m grateful to Governor Shumlin for the reappointment. I enjoy serving with this dynamic group who really make a difference in progress for Vermont women,” stated Finn, “It’s been fulfilling to combine my interest in history with the work of the Commission by serving on the advisory board for the Vermont Women's History Project. This project documents the contributions of Vermont women, and was initiated at VCW and then moved to a permeant home at the Vermont Historical Society (VHS). Our organizations work together often. We present a program every year to commemorate Women’s History Month, and I take part in judging student entries at VHS Vermont History Day each year, awarding the Deborah Pickman Clifford Vermont Women’s History Prize through the Commission’s foundation. This prize goes to an outstanding entry focused on a specific Vermont woman who made an important contribution to the state, or on the role women played during a particular time in Vermont’s history. This year, that award went to Lilianna Ziedins of Crossett Brook Middle School for her outstanding documentary, ‘Politics Through the Eyes of a Legendary Woman: Madeleine Kunin'.”
Finn retired as Barre Town Clerk-Treasurer in 2000. She volunteers for many state and community organizations in addition to VCW, and is currently: member of the Barre Town Republican Committee; Finance Commissioner for the Washington County Republican Committee; Honorary State Regent and Past Vice President General for the Vermont Society Daughters of the American Revolution; and serves as a Vermont Historical Library volunteer.
She serves on the Barre Town/City Flags for Veterans Committee, placing thousands of flags in seven Barre area cemeteries earlier this spring, honoring veterans back to the Revolutionary War. In the past, she served as President of the Vermont Town Clerk-Treasurer Association, President of the Vermont Government Finance Officers Association, President of American Association of University Women's Barre Branch. She was also a member of the New England Municipal Clerks Association, a regional advisory council member of the UVM Extension Service, and served on the Historical Records Advisory Board.
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women’s issues guide VCW’s public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts. VCW offers many services to the public, including a toll-free information and referral service at 800-881-1561 and many publications, including the handbook The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont. For more information, please visit www.women.vermont.gov.