Newsletter for December



?10    Holiday Party  Old First Church Barn. 1:30 – 3:30 pm

 14    Scribble Sisters. Left Bank. 1:00 – 3:00

? 21    Book Group.  Poetry Reading. Left Bank. 12:00 – 2:00

28    Scribble Sisters.  Zoom. 1:00 – 3:00


? 10     Bridging the STEM Gap – Kathryn Atkins, Benn Free Library, Rotary Room,  3:00 – 5:00

  •  All of us are aware of the huge discrepancy in the numbers of girls and people of color in Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM). The “WHY” is a history lesson in sexual, racial, and cultural discrimination and oppression. But the question now is “WHAT” can be done to change the outcome? How do we get more young people interested in entering STEM fields?
  • Kathryn Atkins, of the Wade Institute for Science Education, will introduce us to “phenomena-based learning,” a new method of using the student’s questions, investigations, and collaborations to explain and predict real-world phenomena. And by doing so, help to shift inequities and encourage participation in STEM fields.

? 11    Scribble Sisters. Left Bank. 1:00 – 3:00

? 18    Book Group.  Horse by Geraldine Brooks. Left Bank. 12:00 – 2:00

? 25    Scribble SIsters.  Zoom. 1:00 – 3:00



Welcome New Members

Meet our most recent new members:

  • Kathryn Atkins – U of Mississippi BA/Biology – U of Wisconsin MS/Conservation Biology – Lehman MS/Education/Biology
  • Mary Elizabeth Groupé – Bennington College BA/1984 – Vermont Law School/1991-92
  • Shelley Wheeler – Penn State BS /Accounting/1975 – Boston U MBA/1979

?  Holiday Party 

Join us again for our Holiday Get-Together at the Old First Church Barn, from 1:30 to 3:30 on December 10, 2022. Rosin the Beaux will once again entertain and inspire us.

 ? Ruth’s Porch by Scribble Sisters

The Scribble Sisters Writing Group has happily used a lovely screened-in porch attached to member Ruth Olsson’s Shaftsbury house during the warm months this year.  Not only is its owner generous, but its ambience lends itself to studies of nature and flights of fancy. Go to Ruth’s Porch to explore its magic yourself.

 ? Vermont Women’s History Database 

If you didn’t grow up in Vermont, or even if you did, you may not be aware of the wonderful resources available at Vermont Women’s History Database.  Find out about some amazing women who have made their mark on Vermont’s (and national) history.  Look for writers Pearl Buck, Dorothy Canfield, Shirley Jackson, Jamaica Kincaid, suffragists Lucy Daniels and Annette Parmelee, and politicians Hinda Miller and Madeleine Kunin just to get started.

Gender History

MS Magazine’s December edition’s article, How Native American Women Inspired the Women’s Rights, Suffrage Movement, is worthwhile and interesting.

“Never was justice more perfect; never was civilization higher,” suffrage leader Matilda Joslyn Gage wrote about the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois Confederacy, whose territory extended throughout New York State.

Matilda Joslyn Gage led the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, the three women trading executive positions over the 20 years of the organization’s existence.