The National Women’s History Project (NWHP) and the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center are honoring Maryland women who have taken the lead in the environmental or “green” movement. Click here for more information about Maryland women who are taking the lead to save our planet. Sign this Environment Pledge developed by the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.

In celebration of Women's History Month, Former Secretary of the Interior, Kenneth Salazar, Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings Blake, and First Lady, Katy O'Malley hosted an official Town Hall Meeting at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, March 27, 2012. 


Below includes special announcements of events and activities of interest to women and girls, as well as important women’s issues.

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The Maryland Women's Heritage Center (MWHC)was recently informed that the building we have occupied for 7 years, at 39 West Lexington Street, Baltimore, needs its space back. MWHC will be moving to another location by the end of September 2017.

Thank you for your understanding during this transition process.

Please contact Diana Bailey, MWHC Executive Director
for any issues: or 443-996-1788

Maryland Women's Heritage Center
P.O. Box 719
Brooklandville, MD 21022


January 21, 2017


Dear Friends,

Earlier this week, we had the privilege of connecting over 500 women and allies with the leadership team from the Women's March on Washington. Their team shared information about how and why the march came to be and how it will be the first step in many to protect and advance women's rights. You can find a recap of the call here, and link to the recording here. Thank you to all who joined!

We're planning another call for this coming Wednesday, January 11th, about safety and security at the march, and we'd like to invite you to join us.

As with the last time, we'll be recording this call and will share with all who register, even if you are unable to make it to the live call. Please share widely with your networks as this call is open to the public and we have the capacity for 15,000 callers. 

In Partnership,
The It’s Time Network Team

Task Force Recommends Community Center,
 Roadway, and Portrait to Honor
 Harriet Elizabeth Brown
 For immediate release
 February 10, 2016

After six months of meetings, public hearings, and research, the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force has made three powerful recommendations to honor Calvert County’s own civil rights hero. According to Task Force Chair Margaret Dunkle: “We are already working with our County and State representatives to name the soon-to-open community center in Prince Frederick the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center, dedicate a section of Route 2 as the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Memorial Highway, and commission a portrait of Ms. Brown to hang in the Court House. Too few people know of Ms. Brown’s landmark contributions that changed so many lives. Implementing our recommendations will ensure that her impact is widely known and appreciated.”

For complete press release please CLICK HERE.

The National Women's History Project Announces the 2014 National Women's History Month Honorees 

The 2014 Honorees exemplify the theme, Celebration Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment
These Honorees represent a wide-range of occupations and accomplishments. For a list and brief biographies of the 2014 Honorees, click here

A Gala Reception and Dinner Celebrating the National Women's History Month 2014 Honorees is being held on March 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm - The Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Save the Date! Order your tickets today:

 Piney Branch Elementary School in Takoma Park, MD requested a speaker from the MWHC to address a 5th grade class studying Civil Rights.

On December 12, 2014, MWHC Program Chair, Linda Shevitz visited a 5th grade class at Piney Branch Elementary School and shared information about suffrage, the ERA, and issues such as Title IX. The students participated in the discussion with questions about discrimination against women in schools and in the work place over the years.







On December 9, 2014, 45 Students from 3 Prince George's County Middle Schools visit the NASA Visitor's Center in Greenbelt, MD. These students are active in the special GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science) program.

The students were welcomed by MWHC STEM Consultants, Zakiya Tolmlinson and Steve Graham who were representing Climatologist, Dr.Claire Parkinson of NASA, who was being honored at the White House that day.
Tour guides from the NASA Space Program and Heritage Center Board Members, Rhonda Tomlinson and Linda Shevitz coordinated the program.

NASA, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, and the Maryland Space Business Roundtable co-sponsored this educational visit.









2014 Women of Tomorrow Awards - Call for Nominations

The Maryland Commission for Women, the Maryland State Department of Education and the Friends of the Maryland Commission for Women are seeking recommendations of outstanding young women from Maryland, in grades 7-12 for our 2014 Women of Tomorrow Awards. Young women are honored in three different grade groupings: grades 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12. There will be six honorees, two per grade grouping, a First Place winner and an Honorable Mention. 

The Woman of Tomorrow Awards was established in 1997 to honor and acknowledge extraordinary young women that have demonstrated a commitment to community service and academic excellence.

Maryland will continue to flourish because of our future women leaders and their unceasing commitment to community. The Women of Tomorrow Awards gives us the opportunity to honor thee remarkable young women. 

All nominations must be postmarked or emailed no later than Friday, February 28, 2014 - and if being mailed please send to the Maryland Commission for Women, 311 W. Saratoga Street, Suite 272, Baltimore, MD 21201. Please direct any questions to the Commission office at 410-767-3049.

The selection process and criteria for nominees is specified in detail here:  

The Calvert County Commission for Women is sponsoring the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Award part of the 2014 Calvert County History Fair - Junior and Senior Divisions. Please click on these links for full information: GENERAL_Flyer,_CCCW_Harriet_Elizabeth_Brown_Award.pdf - Supplemental_Materials,_CCCW_Harriet_Elizabeth_Brown_Award.pdf - STUDENT_Flyer,_CCCW_Harriet_Elizabeth_Brown_Award.pdf -

Time Line: January & February - Calvert County Middle and High schools' History Fair Contests -
March 22, 2014 - Calvert County History FAir competition and awards, Plum Point Middle School -
May 3, 2014 - Maryland History Day State competition and awards - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
June 15-19, 2014 - National History Day events, competition and awards - College Park, MD

Representatives of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, shown here, are wishing Ellie Elgin a fond farewell as she eases on down the road to the next exciting part of her life, dedicating herself to her passion, creating and painting pet portraits.

Not only an accomplished artist and historical actor, Ellie has served as liaison between the Maryland Commission for Women and the MWHC for many years. Ellie also served as the Center's Community Outreach Coordinator, and Docent Chair

Ellie, you are truly a woman of many talents and we are all going to miss you.

The  Maryland Historical Society is recreating the 30 x 42 foot Star Spangled Banner flag! They will be sewing the flag during the same six-week time period that Mary Pickersgill did 200 years ago.  Mary Pickersgill, a local flag maker, worked with her daughter Caroline, nieces Eliza and Margaret Young, and African American indentured servant Grace Wisher to complete the flag in six weeks. The Historical Society will then fly this flag at Fort McHenry during the Defenders Day celebration. The public is invited to join in the sewing of the flag. Please visit: for further information and to sign up to place stitches on the flag.

Women Leaders Recognized

Women leaders from Western Maryland were celebrated in a recent women’s history month observance, “Women Leaders: Past and Present,” that featured five female elected officials who shared their public service experiences and a professional actress who portrayed two female historical figures. This second annual Women’s History Celebration and Networking Event, sponsored by the Maryland National Organization for Women in collaboration with the Business and Professional Women of Maryland and the American Association of University Women, was hosted by Allegany College of Maryland. The women and gentleman honored are: Elizabeth West, President, AAUW, Frostburg chapter; Julie Hartman, women’s studies coordinator, Frostburg State University; Cherie Snyder, Human Services Director, ACM; Linda Mahoney, Maryland NOW President; and Robin Summerfield, representative for U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, Susan Horst, BPW/Maryland; Kate Campbell Stevenson, historical actress; Theresa Foster, BPW/MD.; Peggy Jamison, Oakland mayor; Albert Feldstein, Historian; Brenda Smith, Greater Cumberland Committee Executive Director; Janet Wilson, Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools; and Sara-Beth James and Laurie Marchini, Allegany County Board of Education members. The event recognized elected and appointed women for their contributions to the public good.

Bernice Resnick Sandler, to be inducted in the National Women's Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY, October 12, 2013

For more than forty years, Bernice Resnick Sandler has been a tireless advocate of educational equity for women and girls. In 1970, Sandler filed the first charges of sex discrimination against 250 educational institutions.  It was this strategy that led to the first federal investigations of campus sex discrimination at a time when no laws existed to prohibit discrimination based on sex in education.  Subsequently, Sandler was instrumental in the development, passage and implementation of Title IX, the legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.  An expert in strategies and policies to prevent and respond to sex discrimination in higher education, Sandler has given more than 2,500 presentations.  She currently serves as a Senior Scholar in Residence at the Women’s Research and Education Institute in Washington, DC.    

Carmen Delgado Votaw
Member of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center's Board of Directors

Because Carmen Delgado Votaw's achievements are of such historical significance to Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Commission for Women has selected Carmen's biography to be included in the Montgomery County Women's History Archive.  A reception and ceremony honoring Carmen and other honorees will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2012.  Congratulations Carmen from all of us at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center!

Baltimore City Senior Citizen Poetry Contest 2012

Maryland Women's Heritage Center is proud to support and help solicit submission of poems for this contest. The contest is honoring the memory of Ruth Garbis (nee Rochkind - 1920-2011), mother of Harriet Lynn, MWHC Advisor and Program Committee member. This 2012 poetry contest celebrates and encourages the talents of Baltimore City Senior adult poets. Click here for contest information: Senior_Poetry_Contest_pressrelease.doc   

In Appreciation, Vera Foster Rollo (1925-2010)

The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is the recent proud recipient of copies of several books written by the late Vera Foster Rollo and donated to the Center by her daughter Sally and son Michael. Vera lived in Seabrook, Maryland for 50 years and was a pioneer in aviation and the author of many books related to Maryland and American History.

Earning her pilot's license in 1943, Vera was one of the women who made up only 6% of all licensed aviators worldwide, and went on to log more than 4000 hours flying.  She taught many other aspiring pilots and served as a Captain in the Maryland Civil Air Patrol through the 1990's.

While Vera's son Michael was in elementary school he came home from school one day and told her that students didn't have a Maryland history book. Vera was inspired to become an author and to write the first local state history text, Your Maryland. This launched her writing and publishing career, and she founded a company called the Maryland Historical Press.  She went on to write and publish many Maryland history books, such as Maryland Today and Everyday Life in Colonial Maryland. With her love of flying and of American history, Vera also wrote books on aviation and on American culture, such as Presidents and Their Pets.

The Maryland Women's Heritage Center thanks Wilhelmina Burres, a volunteer at the Center for working with Vera's daughter and son, Sally and Michael Foster, to share Vera's wonderful legacy through her books. Visitors to the Heritage Center can see the books on display and may also borrow them. For more information, contact Ellie Elgin at:




Celebrating young women who are making a difference. In September 2007, Woman Talk Live launched the very first Girls Gone Great Scholarship Essay Contest. Why? Because we believe there are a lot more girls going great than girls going wild. The problem is we usually don’t get to hear about all of wonderful things young women are doing. So, we want to continue to recognize young women making a difference in their world right now and who have a big vision for the future.

You have a voice, you have great ideas, you contribute, you have hopes and dreams…and, Woman Talk Live wants to hear all about it!

Our 2012 Girl Gone Great will receive:

A $1,000 Continuing Education Scholarship generously donated by Talk radio 680 WCBM Baltimore. A guest appearance on Woman Talk Live Radio on Saturday, March 31, 2012. An engraved award, Dinner with Ann Quasman, Host of Woman Talk Live, Recognition, her photo and essay on the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center website and in the museum's center in Baltimore City. Recognition in other local media venues.

Who is eligible to submit an essay for the 2012 contest?

All young women living in Maryland who are in their junior or senior years of high school in the Fall of 2011.

Download the 2012 Girl Gone Great flyer
Download the 2012 Girl Gone Great Submission Guidelines

The 2012 Girl Gone Great will be announced on the Woman Talk Live radio show airing Saturday, March 3, 2012.
Thanks for your interest in our 2012 Girl Gone Great Scholarship Essay Contest. We look forward to learning all about you!

The Myra Sadker Foundation

The Myra Sadker Foundation is excited to announce that applications for their 2012 funding awards are now available.

The Foundation sponsors 3 funding programs to promote gender equity.

        doctoral dissertation awards
        teacher grants for classroom projects
        grants for student projects

Descriptions of each award as well as application requirements can be found at Deadline for applications is December 1, 2011.

Three Young Women Crowned Winners of Google Science Fair


On July 12, 2011, Google announced the winners in its first Science Fair – and this year was all about girl power. This year’s winners are three young women who could someday cure cancer, build flying cars or become the CEO of a giant tech corporation.

In all, 15 science-fair finalists put their projects on display in Google headquarters for more than 1,000 onlookers as well as an esteemed panel of judges including a Nobel Laureate, National Geographic Explorers, and some of Google’s own.

The tech giant searched through more than 7,500 entries from more than 10,000 students in 91 countries. In the end, the judges picked just three winners – all of whom were girls.

Google’s top three winners by age category are:

  • Lauren Hodge in the 13-14 age group. Lauren studied the effect of different marinades on the level of potentially harmful carcinogens in grilled chicken.
  • Naomi Shah in the 15-16 age group. Naomi endeavored to prove that making changes to indoor environments that improve indoor air quality can reduce people’s reliance on asthma medications.
  • Shree Bose in the 17-18 age group. Shree discovered a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for patients when they have built up a resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs.

Read more about the Google Science Fair here.

Help Make September 22nd National Day of the Girl!

The Day of the Girl campaign is working to achieve a day of recognition and understanding for girls everywhere. Inspired by ongoing efforts at the United Nations to establish an International Day of the Girl, the campaign urges President Barack Obama to declare September 22, 2011 as the National Day of the Girl.

The Day of the Girl is about highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about things that really matter to us, we can teach other people–grownups, boys, girls all across the world–a new way of thinking about issues like gender stereotypes, discrimination, and opportunity.

This campaign is a project of School Girls Unite, an organization of students and young women leaders in the United States and in Mali working to advance the U.N. Millennium Development Goals related to gender equality and universal basic education, as well as child marriage prevention and other human rights issues.

Sign the petition to make September 22nd National Day of the Girl! To learn more about the Day of the Girl campaign, visit

Women Who Received Honorary Degrees in 2011 From the Nation’s Highest-Ranked Universities

WIAReport (Women In Academia Report) has compiled a list of women who have received honorary degrees from a group of the nation’s highest-ranked universities during the recent spring commencement season. All told, these universities presented 38 honorary degrees to women. Judith Jamison and Lisa Randell each were awarded two honorary degrees from this group of top research institutions.

Brown University and the University of Notre led all the top research universities by awarding four honorary degrees each to women. Dartmouth, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania all awarded honorary degrees to three women.

Click here to see the full list of this year’s honorees.

First Female General From Baltimore

Credit:  Fox 45, Baltimore

For the first time in its 96-year history, a female general and native of Baltimore is taking charge at the Famed Marine Corps Training Depot in Parris Island.

Brigadier General Loretta Reynolds is the first female marine to hold a command position in a battle zone. As a one
star general, Reynolds is also the third female general officer in the more than 200,000 member Marine Corps.

Reynolds graduated from the Naval Academy in 1986 and has been in the Marine Corps for 25 years.

Reynolds takes charge Friday at the installation south of Beaufort.

The service also has two two-star female generals, one in active duty ranks and another in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Call for Volunteers and Docents

We need docents to staff the Maryland Women's Heritage Center during regular operating hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm. We are looking for docents who will be able to staff the Center at least one day per month. We’re also always looking for volunteers to join our committees, help with our programs and events, and other tasks. Please contact Ellie Elgin at 410-767-3045 if you would like to donate your time.

Women in STEM: University of Maryland students set aeronautic records

The National Aeronautic Association has certified that on May 12, 2011, the human-powered helicopter Gamera, designed and built by graduate and undergraduate students of the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering and piloted by biology student Judy Wexler, achieved lift-off and hovered for 4.2 seconds, thereby establishing the U.S. national records for the duration of a human-powered helicopter flight and the duration of a human-powered helicopter flight by a female pilot.

The NAA has submitted information to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale to permit evaluation of the flight for world records in the same categories. The NAA states that this process may take two to three months.

The Gamera team is presently working toward a second flight in the summer of 2011 to achieve a 60-second hover, and plans a third flight in the fall of 2011 to try for the Sikorsky Prize.

To view the May 12th flight, click here.

MWHC Board Member Carolyn Stegman Receives Community Leadership Award

Maryland Women’s Heritage Center Board Member Dr. Carolyn Stegman was recently named a recipient of Salisbury University’s 2011 President’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award.

Carolyn has been called a “champion of diversity, women’s rights [and] the aging.” She also is a “thought-provoking catalyst” for global understanding and social change. She has taught communication, education and psychology to students at Salisbury University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Wor-Wic Community College for two decades. A cultural events supporter, Carolyn helped bring singer/songwriter Holly Near, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison and feminist leader Gloria Steinem to SU. She also has opened her home to international visitors, from Tibetan Monks to exchange students.

A longtime volunteer, consultant and past board chair for MAC Inc., Carolyn is currently developing its 50+ Network for Creative Engagement to empower older adults to achieve the greatest creative potential within themselves, their relationships and their community. She recently wrote a successful $1.5 million grant for the new Salisbury-Wicomico Senior Services Center, and obtained funding to build its therapy garden for dementia and Alzheimer’s clients. She hosts MAC’s PAC-14 show, covering issues facing older adults, and writes and edits its newsletter. She is a member of the Wicomico Commission on Aging and has served on Life Crisis Center and American Cancer Society boards.

In the 1990s, Carolyn authored a weekly column for The Daily Times, exploring diversity, gender issues and other topics. In 2002, she authored Women of Achievement in Maryland History highlighting 300 state heroines. The book has been placed in libraries, public schools, and universities throughout the state. Five years in the making, this non-profit project utilized hundreds of volunteers to uncover the missing puzzle pieces and capture the spirit of Maryland’s heroines, often unsung, who have made a difference in our communities, state, and nation. Carolyn has also lectured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Africa.

Women Who Left Their “Stamps” on History







A new exhibit is now on display at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, made possible by a private donation from a MWHC board member. The Women’s History Postage Stamp exhibit highlights women have made a significant contribution to society and as a result, they (or works of art created by them) have been pictured on U.S. postage stamps. The exhibit also features a hands-on scavenger hunt activity where visitors can read clues about historical women and search through a large collection of U.S. postage stamps to match the woman with her commemorative stamp.

Olympian Dominique Dawes To Be Third Woman Inducted Into D.C. Sports Hall of Fame

The Washington Nationals is reviving its Washington Hall of Stars, with a new name — the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame — and inducting six new athletes. In a pregame ceremony before the team’s March 31st opener against Atlanta, these D.C. sports figures will be added: CBS “NFL Today” host James Brown, Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Dawes, former Washington Redskins running back Brian Mitchell, former Anacostia High head football coach Willie Stewart, former Post columnist Michael Wilbon and former DeMatha High head basketball coach Morgan Wootten.

Dominique Dawes, a Silver Spring native, competed in three Olympics and is the third woman to be inducted into the D.C. hall of fame. She is now co-chairman of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

Read the Washington Post story here.

Congratulations to the 2011 Howard County Women Hall of Fame Inductees

From left to right: Diana Ulman; Katherine Rensin; Ric Ryder (accepting for his mother, Ann Ryder); Arlene Sheff; Sister Catherine Phelps.

The Howard County Commission for Women inducted five new members into the 2011 Women's Hall of Fame Inductees. The Women’s Hall of Fame honors women who have made significant contributions to Howard County, the State of Maryland or the nation through their profession and/or community service and who are visible models of achievement for tomorrow's female leaders. This year’s inductees include Diana Ulman, Katherine Rensin, Ann Ryder, Arlene Sheff and Sister Catherine Phelps, SND. Read more about these women here.

Heritage Center Advisory Board Member Honored

Congratulations to Ginny Gong, Maryland Women's Heritage Center Advisory Board member, who was honored at the Maryland State Educators Association (MSEA) Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Breakfast & Minority Recognition Awards Program on Saturday, January 15, 2011. She was presented with the Maryland State Educators Association Minority Recognition Award for Leadership. It was noted that Ginny Gong's national leadership and involvement with multicultural issues and awareness is respected internationally. She is the past president of the National Organization of Chinese Americans, one of the founders of the Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute and host of her own weekly TV show, Ginny's..Where East Meets West. She is an accomplished educator, a sought after speaker/facilitator, an experienced human resources administrator, a successful businesswoman, and a highly respected community leader. Ginny’s published autobiography, From Ironing Board to Corporate Board: My Chinese Laundry Experience in America, is available for purchase at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.

Explorations and Discoveries: Maryland Women in STEM

The Maryland Women's Heritage Center has assembled a group of volunteers and scientists to work on the next exhibit to be displayed at the Center in Summer 2011.

This exhibit, Explorations and Discoveries: Maryland Women in STEM, is focused on Maryland women involved in science, technology, engineering, and math.

If you have any artifacts, photos, names of resources, or information that you would like to share for this exhibit, please contact Linda Shevitz.

MWHC Welcomes Fulbright Teachers

The Distinguished Fulbright Teachers, a program with the University of Maryland, College Park, Center for International Education, visited the Maryland Women's Heritage Center on Monday, November 22, 2010. The teachers were from six countries, including India, South Africa, Argentine, Singapore, Finland and Mexico.

MWHC in the Community

Various groups have visited and/or held events and programs at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.

These groups have included teachers from Carroll County, as well as preschool teachers, AAUW Rockville, The Education That Is Multicultural and Achievement Network, the Maryland Multicultural Coalition, and Mishkan Torah Synagogue Sisterhood. We've also had the pleasure to attend and speak at various events.

Some upcoming groups that will be visiting the Center are the Maryland Coalition Opposed to Violence and Extremism, Takoma Park Senior Citizens, and Maryland NOW. Board member Susan Shaffer will also be speaking at a meeting of the Bethesda chapter of Hadassah.

If you are interested in bringing a group to visit the Maryland Women's Heritage Center or would like to have someone from the Maryland Women's Heritage Center speak to your group, please contact us.


"Vote! The Life and Work of Sadie Jacobs Crockin 1879-1965" is now on display through Friday, January 28, on loan from the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

From the Jewish Museum of Maryland: "As a woman, an American, and a Jew, Sadie Jacobs Crockin championed many causes. Throughout her life, she brought women together in organizations that empowered diverse Americans to participate fully in ...civic life. Crockin exemplified the college-educated, progressive 'New Woman' of her day who joined women's club for self-improvement and to effect social change. Under her leadership, the Baltimore chapter of the League of Women Voters helped women exercise their newly won right to vote. She was the founding president of the Baltimore chapter of Hadassah, the first Zionist women's organization. Once she had firmly established these and other organizations locally, Crockin achieved statewide prominence as an advocate for social justice and women's rights."

"Vote! The Life and Work of Sadie Jacobs Crockin 1870-1965” has been curated by the Jewish Museum of Maryland. The exhibition is made possible with generous support from: League of Women Voters of Baltimore City; Sadie Crockin Memorial Fund; Mayer Crockin Leibman, MD, and David B.Leibman, DPA; Arthur Crockin and Sally T. Grant.


Honorary MWHC Board Member Barbara Mikulski to be Longest-Serving U.S. Female Senator

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will become the longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. Senate when she is sworn in for her fifth term next week. Mikulski, a 74-year-old Democrat, is an honorary Board Member of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. She first won her Senate seat in 1986. On Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Mikulski will break the record of the late Republican Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, who represented Maine in the Senate for 24 years.


Women’s Equality Day

Women's Equality Day is August 26! First instituted in 1971, Women's Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which grants women the right to vote. It is also a day to celebrate women's continuing efforts toward full equality. Although women did not fully gain the right to vote until 1920, Margaret Brent of St. Mary's City, MD, was the first colonial woman to ask for the right to vote in 1648.

UPDATE: Senator Mikulski issued a letter to the Maryland Women's Heritage Center in conjunction with Women's Equality Day

Support the Maryland Women's Heritage Center

The Maryland Women's Heritage Center has joined and and we hope that you will help to support our cause online!

You can use to search the internet just like you normally would (just like other search engines, such as Yahoo or Google). Make sure that you specify that your charity is the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, so that any proceeds that you generate from your searches benefits us. 50% of the revenue generated from the sponsored search advertisers is shared with the nonprofit organization of your choosing. works in a similar way. Every time you click over to one of the partner merchants from the website and make a purchase, your specified charity, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, earns money. Stores include 1-800-Flowers,, Best Buy, eBay, Kohl's, Macy's, Oriental Trading, Staples, Target, and more!


Dominique Dawes named to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutritition

Congratulations to Maryland Women's Heritage Center Honorary Board Member Dominique Dawes for being appointed the co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition!

Dominique Dawes is an Olympic gymnast who competed in three Olympic Games and has a permanent place in the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame. She was a member of the gold-medal-winning team at the 1996 Atlanta Games, where she also won a bronze medal in the floor exercise, becoming the first female African-American gymnast to win an individual medal. Now retired after dedicating 18 years to the sport, she commits her time to motivational speaking, hosting gymnastics clinics, and serving as a spokesperson for several organizations that support the physical and emotional health of youth and women. She is an accomplished motivational speaker, speaking to audiences on topics focusing on leadership, teamwork, physical and emotional health, fitness and overcoming obstacles.

Rita R. Colwell, a renowned scientist and educator, as well as Maryland Women's Heritage Center Board Member, has been named the "2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate." Dr. Colwell’s pioneering research on the prevention of waterborne infectious diseases has helped protect the health and lives of millions.

Dr. Colwell is a distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is widely recognized as one of this century’s most influential voices in science, technology, and policy associated with water and health.

She has made exceptional contributions to control the spread of cholera, a waterborne pathogen that infects 3 to 5 million people and leads to an estimated 120,000 deaths each year. Through her groundbreaking research, innovations and decades of scientific leadership, she has defined our current understanding of the ecology of infectious diseases and developed the use of advanced technologies to halt their spread. Her work has established the basis for environmental and infectious disease risk assessment used around the world.

About the Stockholm Water Prize:

H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, who is the patron of the Prize, will formally present Dr Colwell with the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize at a Royal Award Ceremony in Stockholm City Hall on September 9 during the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm. The Stockholm Water Prize is a global award founded in 1990 and presented annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute to an individual, organisation or institution for outstanding water-related activities. The Stockholm Water Prize Laureate receives USD 150,000 and a crystal sculpture specially designed and created by Orrefors. 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the Stockholm Water Prize and the World Water Week in Stockholm.

Founders of the Stockholm Water Prize are Swedish and international companies in cooperation with the City of Stockholm. They are: Bacardi, Borealis & Borouge, DuPont, Europeiska Insurance, Fujitsu, General Motors, Grundfos Management, Hewlett Packard, ITT Water & Wastewater, Kemira Water, KPMG Sweden, Läckeby Water, P&G, Ragn-Sells, Scandic, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Siemens AG, SJ (Swedish Railways), Snecma, Uponor, Water Environment Federation and Ålandsbanken Sverige.


"Maryland Women Making History"

In honor of Women's History Month, The Baltimore Sun has posted a photo gallery of renowned Maryland women from the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. Information and photos were supplied by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.


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Three members of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center have recently released new books.

Susan Shaffer, an Executive Board Member of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, has co-authored, Too Close for Comfort: Questioning the Intimacy of Today's Mother Daughter Relationships, with psychologist Linda Perlman Gordon. The book explores how it can be unhealthy for mothers and daughters to act as best friends and shows mothers and daughters how to develop rewarding, rather than agonizing relationships.

Ginny Gong, a member of the Advisory Board of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, has published, From Ironing Board to Corporate Board: My Chinese Laundry Experience in America, which chronicles her life as a Chinese immigrant growing up in America since age six.

Maryland Women's Heritage Center Board Member Juanita Tamayo Lott has written Filipinos in Washington, D.C., with Rita M. Cacas. This book tells the stories of the founders of the Filipino communities in Washington, D.C.