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Maryland Women’s History Poster ($15, plus shipping and handling). This colorful poster was originally designed by Elizabeth A. Harty in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Maryland Women’s History Project. 




Chesapeake’s Bounty – Cooking With Regional Favorites written by Katie Moose, a member of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center's Development Committee, is packed full of unique recipes indigenous to Maryland ($16.95, plus shipping and handling).








The Maryland Women's Heritage Center (MWHC), a 501(c) (3) non-profit, non-partisan organization, was established to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transmitting the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the state.

The Center is an outgrowth of the Maryland Women’s History Project that began in 1980 as a collaborative venture between the Maryland Commission for Women and the Maryland State Department of Education.

The first comprehensive state center of its kind in the nation, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center honors Maryland’s historical and contemporary renowned women and girls who have been inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, as well as the Unsung Heroines who have shaped their families and communities. It serves as a national model that can be replicated and adapted by other states to honor the women and girls in their states.

The Center also serves as a resource clearinghouse for information about Maryland women and a gathering place to hold workshops, forums, and other special events, including a forum to address issues impacting girls, women, and their families and to develop leadership by girls and women.

 The initial site for the Center has been donated by David Hillman, CEO of Southern Management Corporation, and is located in the former Baltimore Gas & Electric Building at 39 West Lexington Street in downtown Baltimore.

A permanent home of the Center will also feature continuing and changing exhibits about individuals, organizations, events, and special topics; a place to convene meetings and conferences; an interactive, state-of-the-art student learning center; a resource and reference library; a women’s history archive; displays of arts and crafts; dramatic, musical, and dance performances by or about Maryland women and girls; dialogues and seminars on women’s issues; space for special events and receptions; and a gift shop with art, literature and unique gifts by Maryland women. It will also serve as a community-based forum to gatherings to study and act upon issues of importance to Maryland girls and women, their families and communities.

The leadership of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center is comprised of Maryland business, civic, educational, and political leaders who serve on the Center's Executive Board, Board of Directors, and Honorary Board. Further leadership is drawn from throughout the state and region consisting of women’s organizations, the local commissions for women, and various organizations for women and girls, many of which are listed as partner and supporting organizations. Local historical sites and networks are also providing ongoing guidance and support.

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center includes:
 § Permanent and changing exhibits about individuals, events, and special topics
 § Information and activities about renowned Maryland women such as those in the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame
 § Special recognition of the innumerable “unsung heroines” in our families and communities
 § An interactive, state-of-the-art student learning center
 § A resource and reference library
 § A women’s history archive
 § Displays of arts and crafts
 § Dramatic, musical, and dance performances by Maryland women and girls
 § Dialogues and seminars on women’s issues
 § Space for special events and receptions
 § A gift shop with art, literature and unique gifts by Maryland women

Did You Know?
 To expand our knowledge of the outstanding leaders of Maryland’s past and present, we honor both historical and contemporary women who have been inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, in addition to renowned Maryland women, many of which are “firsts” and “founders,” and the "unsung heroines" in our families and communities.




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 Honoring Trailblazing Women
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L-R: Karen Williams Gooden, Gloria Lawla, Secretary, Maryland Department of Aging, Kate Campbel Stevenson, Senator Kathy Klausmeier

On June 9, 2014 at 10:00 am, the Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution hosted an unveiling ceremony for a newly erected historical marker in Overlea. The public joined Senator Kathy Klausmeier and many other guests and dignitaries to mark this occasion.


"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived,
but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014)

All of us at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center mourn the loss of Maya Angelou, a phenomenal and iconic woman, on May 28, 2014. Dr. Angelou's writing, speeches and videos will endure and inspire us with her strong humanity, advocacy and continued insistence on the importance of learning from our history - a full, accurate and inclusive history.

A portion of her poem, "On The Pulse of Morning" that she wrote for the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, describes her and provides us with a mission to honor the legacy that Maya Angelou leaves:

I am the Tree planted by the River,
Which will not be moved.

I, the Rock, I the River, I the Tree
I am yours--your Passages have been paid.

Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.

History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.

Lift up your eyes upon
The day breaking for you.

Give birth again
To the dream.

May her life and memory serve as an inspiration and call to action for all of us.

In sorrow on her passing and joy in her life -
Jill Moss Greenberg,
MWHC, Executive Director

Below is some additional material that has appeared since her passing - and some of her most renowned quotes. We welcome any comments you would like to add about Dr. Angelou. Please send them to

Angelou's last public statement was a Tweet May 23, which will join the canon of Angelou's oft-quoted wisdom: "Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God."

Here are some of her other most well-known quotes.

"If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love."

"The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free."

"I'm a woman Phenomenally."

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."

"Nothing will work unless you do."

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances."

"While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated."

"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."


U.S. House of Representatives Passes HR 863!

The National Women's History Museum (NWHM) is delighted to announce that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed our legislation to form a Congressional Commission on the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum in Washington, DC

Please click here for full article


Women's History Celebration

Maryland NOW and Allegany College of Maryland presented the Third Annual Women's History Celebration & Networking Event "Women Leaders - Past and Present" on March 31, 2014 in Cumberland, Maryland.

Women officials and leaders from Allegany and Garrett Counties were recognized and a portion of the program for them was reserved to share a bit about their duties and career paths to the attendees who might like to choose public service as a career choice.

A Proclamation from United States Senator Barbara Mikulski to the group recognizing the event as well as the importance of women's history and rights, was presented and read by Julianna Albowicz, United State Senator Barbara Mikulski's Western Maryland Field Representative.

Kate Campbell Stevenson, a nationally-known performer who portrays historical women, entertained as the suffragette leader Alice Paul, , and Eleanor Roosevelt. An extensive exhibit of buttons, photographs, newspapers and other items focusing upon women's history was also presented by historian Albert Feldstein.

Top photograph ~
Front Row, left to right: Julie Hartman, Women's Studies Coordinator, Frostburg State University; Cherie Snyder, Director of Human Services Program, Allegany College of Maryland; Dr. Cynthia S. Bambara, President, Allegany College of Maryland; Linda Mahoney, President Emerita, Maryland National Organization for Women; Claire Romaine, Student Representative, Allegany County Board of Education; Julianna Albowicz, Western Maryland Field Representative, Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski; and Cherie Krug, Executive Director, Garrett College Foundation.

Back Row, left to right: Robin Summerfield, Western Maryland Representative, Office of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin; Sara-Beth James, Board Member, Allegany County Board of Education; Albert Feldstein, Historian; Dawne Lindsey, Clerk of the Allegany County Circuit Court; Courtney Thomas, Executive Director, Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission; and Kate Campbell Stevenson, Historical Actor.

Dr.Bernice Sandler was honored for her Title IX work at the Maryland Women's basketball game on Sunday, February 9, 2014. Presenting Dr. Sandler with a University of Maryland basketball is the Associate Director of Maryland's Women's Basketball, Kelly Mehrtens.

Open letter to Dr. Bernice Sandler from Lynne Harvel,
Columbia, SC (with permission)

Dear Dr. Sandler:

My sister-in-law, Diana M. Bailey, Managing Director of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center forwarded me your delightful letter about your early basketball experience and about Title IX. 

I just wanted to take a minute to let you know that I remember playing basketball like that at McLean HS back in the early 60's. Went on from there to Madison College under the tutelage of Lee Morrison. Played basketball and field hockey and was on their first intercollegiate lacrosse team. I loved the freedom of movement from those outdoor sports when we were so contained in basketball. After graduating, I received my MPE  from Springfield College and taught at Salisbury State and coached, field hockey, basketball and started their first lacrosse program under the guidance of Mariuna Morrison ('70-'74). I remember the great experience of playing many games against Maryland's team coached by Dottie McKnight. After, that, I taught at St. Catherine's School, in Richmond, VA where I had the wonderful experience of taking our young team to England where we had the occasion of visiting with Constance Applebee, learning that she knew several of our player's grandmothers. Following Richmond I taught and coached at Eastern Kentucky University for 10 years under Martha Mullins. I coached field hockey in their Division 1 program and am proud to say that in connection with 2 other coaches, we filed a Title IX complaint anonymously. The men said "they will come here 1 day and be gone in an hour" - the reality was they were there a week and required major additions and changes....I loved it and the benefit for the athletes was enormous (early '80's). I just wanted to thank you for all you have done that helped me on my pathway to being able to play and coach women's sports and to join in honoring you.

Carmen Delgado Votaw was being recognized for having been honored by the Women's History Project as one of its 2014 Awardees as a Woman of Character, Courage and Commitment. The Project will celebrate its twelve awardees at a dinner at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC on March 27 and its Gazette carries their biographies and memorabilia.

Linda V. Linzey being honored for winning the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), Dorothy Lloyd Women's Rights Award that was presented to her at the Martin Luther King Breakfast, January 2014. The Maryland Women's Heritage Center Board of Directors, friends and family celebrated with Linda at the February 9, 2014 Maryland Women's basketball game.

National Women's History Month 2014
Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment

Each year, March is designated as National Women's History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country.

This year's theme, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, women religious, and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women's experience.

The lives and work of the 2014 Women of Character, Courage and Commitment Honorees span the centuries of American history and come from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  National Women's History Month 2014 provides an excellent opportunity to honor women and their accomplishments.


Women's Equality Day is commemorated annually in the United States on August 26 to recognize the date in 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed and American women finally won the right to vote. Surprising to many, Maryland was not one of the states that originally passed the Women's Suffrage Amendment.

Many requests are received by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center for information about women's history content, issues of importance to women and girls, Heritage Center resources, programs, and services. This summer, the Center received a very long-distance request. Theneshia Glaze, a military servicewoman currently deployed in Afghanistan, is preparing for a Women's Equality Day program on her base in Afghanistan. The Maryland Women's Heritage Center was pleased to send materials to Ms. Glaze for use in the program. Additional information on suffrage and women's equality from a global perspective was also shared with her. With today's issues about the roles and treatment of women in our military institutions and services, observing Women's Equality Day seems particularly meaningful. This is one of the farthest places where the Center has provided direct outreach! We are proud of our sisters serving our country and wish a safe and Happy Women's Equality Day to Theneshia Glaze and all of the women serving in our armed forces!




Celebrate the remarkable contributions of Maryland women in STEM by visiting new exhibits which are now on display at the Heritage Center . The exhibits , EXPLORATIONS & DISCOVERIES: MARYLAND WOMEN IN SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS (STEM), will be on display until November, 2012. At the inspiring Opening Ceremony for the display, many of the presenters representing different fields are among those being honored in the exhibits. These include Marylanders Michelle Shearer, chemistry teacher honored as the Maryland and National Teacher of the Year; Mary Cleave, engineer and former astronaut; Claire L. Parkinson, climatologist and coordinator of Women of NASA Goddard, Esther McReady, nurse who led the challenge to successful integrate Maryland’s nursing and other professional schools; and Andrea Evans, the founder of KidGINEERING, a special program for young children. The contributions of the Maryland women featured at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center have made a difference not only for Maryland, but for our entire nation and the world.

There are two major exhibits, one featuring several panels of photos and profiles reflecting contributions of historical and contemporary Maryland women in a wide range of STEM fields. These panels highlight Agricultural Sciences, Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, Medicine and Public Health, Engineering, Aviation, Space Exploration, Math and Technology Pioneers, STEM Educators and Advocates, and STEM Students. Samples of student projects are on display, and several STEM-related programs will be held at the Center during the year. Among the honorees are women inducted into the Maryland and/or National Women’s Hall of Fame, as well as many as many -others.

Do you know some of the 90 women honored in the display? Learn more about Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross;
Helen Brooke Taussig, developer of the blue baby open heart surgery; Rachel Carson, biologist and founder of the environmental movement;
astronauts Mary Cleave and Judith Resnick; Eugenie Clark, marine biologist internationally known as the Shark Lady;
Louise Young, first Black female doctor in Maryland; Elaine Harmon, aviator and winner of the Congressional Medal;
Frances Oldham Kelsey, public health leader who banned thalidomide; Rita Colwell, first woman Director of the National Science Foundation.
The other major exhibit is Women of Goddard, highlighting the wide-ranging contributions of the women of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, including diverse areas such as engineering, astrophysics, chemistry ,biology, meteorology, and mathematics. The exhibit includes six dynamic and colorful posters, a touch screen computer display featuring interviews with women in a range of sciences, a model of the AQUA space satellite, and a new book depicting the work of more than 100 women of Goddard. Sets of the posters are being provided free to all Maryland middle schools, high schools, and community colleges by Goddard and the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, and limited copies of the book are also available.

Visit the STEM Exhibit at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, open on Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until November, 2012. Special programs will also be held during the year. Contact Linda Shevitz, Program Chair, program chair, for more information, or to inquire about holding small group meetings, arranging special group tours, or to recommend programs.

L to R: Linda Shevitz, Program Chair, MWHC,                   
Mary Cleave, Engineer and Former Astronaut,
Claire Parkinson, Climatologist and coordinator of
Women of NASA Goddard,
Frances Hughes Glendening, President, MWHC

Michelle Shearer, Chemistry teacher, honored as the
Maryland and National Teacher of the Year.


   GODDARD WOMEN HIGHLIGHTED AT                     


Women of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD., are highlighted in a new book and a set of six posters in an exhibit at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.

The book features 103 Goddard women in STEM careers. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math and encouraging students to study these subjects is the focus of NASA's education program.  All Goddard women in STEM careers were asked to contribute a photograph, a short career description, and a quote for a one-page profile in the book.

The idea for Goddard's involvement began in November 2010, when Mary Cleave, a former NASA astronaut and former Goddard employee, contacted NASA Goddard climatologist Claire Parkinson to tell her that the MWHC was in the initial stages of planning a major exhibit of Maryland women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers.

Mary Cleave noted that there was no Goddard involvement in the planning.  To correct that, Claire Parkinson organized a brainstorming session at Goddard in January 2011.  At the end of that meeting, Claire Parkinson and Pamela Millar, Chief of Goddard's Laser Remote Sensing Laboratory, agreed to take the lead on a "Women of Goddard" book to contribute to the exhibit.

By mid-March, Millar and Parkinson recruited Goddard's Assistant Director of Science Communications, Michelle Thaller, to join the team.  Millar also advocated the project to Goddard management, and Millar and Parkinson obtained initial seed funding for the effort from the Equal Opportunity Programs Office and the Earth Observing System Project Science Office.

There were 101 submissions, and Claire Parkinson wrote entries for Beth Brown and Joanne Simpson, two former Goddard employees who are deceased.

Goddard multimedia specialist Jay Friedlander took on the task of creating the book's layout, while Claire Parkinson concentrated on the editing.  The final book, entitled "Women of Goddard: Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics", showcases the extraordinary work of Goddard women and their contribution to NASA's mission.

In addition to the book, the MWHC provides display space for six posters. Claire Parkinson, with the help from Mary Cleave regarding the shuttle missions, plotted out the posters based largely on the book.  The six posters highlight the Hubble Space Telescope mission, the Sample Analysis at Mars project, the shuttle missions, the Aqua Earth science mission, and Goddard management, respectively.

Starting in August, after the book was sent to the printers, Claire Parkinson worked closely with Kevin Miller, a multimedia specialist who works in the Earth Observing System Project Science Office at Goddard, to prepare the posters.  The six posters were completed and sent to the printers in October.

Claire Parkinson has worked at Goddard for over 33 years.  She said, "The Women of Goddard project reflects the huge appreciation that many of us in the book and on the posters have for our NASA careers, and we hope that the book and posters will energize young people to study STEM subjects and consider pursuing STEM careers.  The project also has been wonderfully positive in terms of making many of us a lot more aware of the work of other women at Goddard, spurring on some networking and increased camaraderie."

The STEM exhibit opened at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center on November 14, 2011, and will be open for a least one year.

For information about the Women@NASA program, visit:

Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame 2016

Since 1985, the Maryland Commission for Women and the Women Legislators of Maryland annually honor Maryland women by inducting them into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, which is housed at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.


Sophia Arabatzis Balis, D.D.S.
Dr. Sophia Arabatzis Balis' early experiences shaped her values and perspective based on community welfare and human rights. 

  Mary C. Goodwillie (1870 - 1949)
Mary Goodwillie gathered together ten friends in 1910, to learn about social service, to better understand the needs of the Baltimore community, and to take steps to help ease the plight of the city’s oppressed.

Oretha Bridgwaters-Simms
Oretha Bridgwaters-Simms’ leadership and commitment to her community goes far beyond her service as an educator, community service, and advocacy for women and youths.

Elaine Danforth Harmon (1919 - 2015)
Elaine Danforth Harmon was a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during WWII. Remaining active in WASP activities resulted in the awarding, by an act of Congress, of the Congressional Gold Medal, resulting from Elaine's leadership role in ongoing post-WWII activities.

 Image result for joanne katz hopkins Joanne Katz, Sc.D.
Joanne Katz has made extraordinary contributions to the field of public health, blindness prevention and maternal and child health and has been an outstanding teacher and mentor to countless numbers of students.

Image result for lizette woodworth reese Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856 - 1935)
Poet, Lizette Woodworth Reese wrote; "I shall always be deeply thankful for having been a working woman among other working women for so long, for having been a part of the common lot, for reaping experiences which a thousand and others were reaping alongside of me".


In The News

Visit Center News & Announcements for additional news about the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.


Maryland Women's Journal (June 2011) Article about Unsung Heroine Ginny Gong, who overcame challenges she faced as a young Chinese immigrant growing up in America. – Click here (April 13, 2011) Article about MWHC volunteer Ellie Elgin, who paints pet portraits. – Click here

The Baltimore Sun (March 2011) Photo gallery of Unsung Heroines and inductees into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame – Click here


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 Executive Director

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 Brooklandville, MD 21022


"Maryland is one of the premiere states to recognize the contributions of women for many years," said Diana M. Bailey, Executive Director of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center in Baltimore. "Yet we still have a lot more to do. We're still trying to open doors for more opportunities, especially for diverse women." From medicine to public service here are just a few prominent women making history in our state. Please CLICK HERE for full ABC CH2 article.

September 24, 2015 - Baltimore National Area Heritage Awards - 2015-09-24 at 13-56-22-XL

 Maryland Women's Heritage Center
Awarded a $10,000 Operating Grant

On September 24, 2015, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake presented a Certificate of Award for a $10,000 Operating Grant from the Baltimore National Heritage Area to MWHC Executive Director, Diana M. Bailey. Looking on L to R are: Josie Thompson, Vice President, MWHC, James Bond, President of the Baltimore National Heritage Area, and Bea Dane, Secretary, MWHC.