Changing the Story for Women & Girls in Vermont

Change The Story VT is an initiative to align policy, program, and philanthropy to fast-track women’s economic status in Vermont.

Our Mission

Change The Story (CTS) is a multi-year initiative to align philanthropy, policy and program to fast-track women’s economic well-being in Vermont. Our work is fueled by three core partnersthe Vermont Women’s Fund, Vermont Commission on Women and Vermont Works for Women – and is advanced with the help of other critical partners throughout the state in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. CTS launched in 2015 with a project to collect baseline data related to women’s work, wages, business ownership, and in civic, political, education, and corporate leadership roles. All four reports can be found here.

A Taste of Our Research


Vermont women who work full-time, year-round earn just 84¢ for every dollar earned by Vermont men.

Women Who Work Full Time

39% of Vermont women who work full-time do not make enough to cover basic living expenses as defined by VT’s Joint Fiscal Office.

Vermont Leadership

Vermont is the only state that has never sent a woman to Congress.

What Employers Can Do

Sign the Equal Pay Compact

Employers are invited to sign on to the compact and commit to tangible, concrete steps that will help close the wage gap between men and women.

Join the Business Peer Exchange

The Business Peer Exchange (BPE) is a collective of Vermont businesses working together to ensure women thrive in their workplaces.

Download the LEEP Toolkit

The Leaders for Equity and Equal Pay (LEEP) Toolkit is a set of (free!) resources to support employers to conduct in-house gender and racial pay equity reviews.

What You Can Do

Host a CTS Conversation

Get a set of CTS Let’s Talk Gender or Let’s Talk Harassment Cards to help you host a conversation.

Become a Male Champion for Change

We’re calling on men to align with us as Champions for Change to elevate gender equity as an issue of social and economic importance.

Become a CTS Ambassador

It’s going to take all of us to change the story. Learn how you can volunteer with CTS.