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Madeleine Kunin

Madeleine Kunin

Madeline Kunin broke ground as the first woman governor of Vermont and the only woman to serve three terms as governor before making history again as ambassador to Switzerland, facilitating compensation from Swiss banks to Holocaust survivors.

Madeleine Kunin

Madeleine Kunin was born in Switzerland and immigrated to the U.S. in 1940. She began her political career as a state legislator, and then became the first woman Governor of her home state, Vermont. She is the only woman to have served three terms as governor of a state.

Madeleine Kunin elected Governor of Vermont

November 7, 1984

Madeleine Kunin won election as governor of Vermont, becoming the first Jewish woman governor of an American state.

Jewish Women Politicians: Progressively Passionate?

Self-confident. Loud. Hard-working. Feisty. These are the words that come to mind when describing Jewish women. So perhaps it’s no wonder that we’ve taken great strides in shaping and transforming politics. In the 1920s, Rose Schneiderman was a key organizer for the National American Women Suffrage Association. And in 1976, Bella Abzug became the first woman elected to the U.S.  Congress on an explicitly feminist platform, a demonstration of her unshakable convictions as an anti-war activist and as a fighter for social and economic justice for all Americans.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Madeleine Kunin." (Viewed on October 30, 2014) <http://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/20219>.

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