It was Kathleen Vinehout’s father and later her veterinarian who drove her to this moment seeking to become the first woman elected governor of Wisconsin.
Growing up in Aurora, Illinois, Vinehout was the editor of her high school newspaper with dreams of becoming a writer and one day owning a dairy farm. But her father refused to sign her college financial aid forms.
“I very much wanted to go to college and my dad thought that college would be wasted on a girl,” Vinehout said.
So Vinehout worked as a nurse’s aide and in other health care jobs as she earned three degrees in education and health care. She joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in Springfield, but before becoming a full professor bought a farm in Buffalo County.