Maryland Women’s Heritage Center News

Current Press Releases

Monday, April 25, 2016

Women’s Hall of Fame
​and Women of Tomorrow Awards

Annapolis Maryland – On April 7, 2016, a crowd of over 200 attended an event celebrating the accomplishments of Maryland women and young girls.

The Maryland Commission for Women along with the Women Legislators of the Maryland General Assembly inducted six women into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. The ceremony included the introduction of five middle and high school students who were presented with the Women of Tomorrow award.

The Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1985 as a joint initiative of the Commission for Women and the Women Legislators to recognize and to honor Maryland women whose accomplishments are of historic significance to the state and to provide an archive of their biographies.
​Since 1985, more than 165 Maryland women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame including Rachel Carson, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Billie Holiday, Henrietta Lacks and Former Congresswoman Connie Morella.

The biographies of all the inductees are posted on the website of the Maryland State Archives:
This year’s honorees were:
· Dr. Sophia Arabatzis Balis, Pediatric Dentistry Pioneer
· Oretha Bridgwaters-Simms, Educator and Trailblazer
· Mary C. Goodwillie, Community Activist and Founder of the Junior League of Baltimore Posthumous
· Elaine Danforth Harmon, WWI Pilot, WASP Posthumous
· Joanne Katz, Sc.D., Epidemiologist
· Lizette Woodworth Reese, World Renowned Poet Posthumous

Samantha Blizzard, Special Assistant to DHR Secretary Sam Malhotra said, “Sponsoring the 2016 MD Women’s Hall of Fame and Women of Tomorrow ceremony gives our agency a great sense of pride. As the states’ Human Service Agency, our Mission and Guiding Principles support the advocacy of women and girls.”
The Women of Tomorrow Award was established by the Commission for Women in 1997 to recognize and honor extraordinary young women who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership, community service and academic excellence. Nominations are received from educators, civic, community and religious leaders across the state.
​This year, 67 students representing 19 Maryland counties and 57 different schools were nominated. From that pool of outstanding students, the five honorees selected were:

· Sofia Corona, 8th Grade, Oklahoma Road Middle School, Carroll County
· Simone Gaines, 7th Grade, George Fox Middle School, Anne Arundel County
· Megan Hannegan, 11th Grade, North Caroline High School, Caroline County
· Bela Pandya, 12th Grade, Northeast High School, Anne Arundel County
· Hanna Taylor, 12th Grade, Tuscarora High School, Frederick Count

Annapolis Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Commissioner A. Diane Williams chaired the 2016 Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. Commissioners Wandra Ashley-Williams and Lorna Forde co-chaired the 2016 Maryland Women of Tomorrow Awards.

For more information about the Commission for Women, the event and the honorees, visit the website of the Maryland Commission for Women at or call 301-610-4523.

Click on the links below to download press releases (PDF).

Six Distinguished Women to be Inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame
Released: March 15, 2011
Read Press Release

The Maryland Commission for Women will induct six accomplished women into the 26th annual Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame during Women’s History month on March 29, 2011, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. Each year the Maryland Commission for Women and Women Legislators recognize women of high achievement. The selected honorees’ contributions have made significant and lasting impressions in the environment, science and technology, education, the arts, social justice, civil rights, the armed services, and religion. The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center in Baltimore houses the Hall of Fame.

Maryland Office of Tourism Promotes Women’s Heritage Trail for Women’s History Month
Released: February 28, 2011
Read Press Release

March is Women's History Month, says the Maryland Office of Tourism, an ideal time to plan springtime visits across the state that evoke tribute to notable women in Maryland history.

"Maryland has a wealth of sites and attractions to honor the contributions of many pioneering women who have played a significant role in our shared history as 'One Maryland' and one nation," said Gov. Martin O'Malley. "I invite residents and visitors alike to join us in March as we celebrate Women's History Month in Maryland."

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center Highlights Maryland Women Artists During Women’s History Month
Released: February 18, 2011
Read Press Release

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center will highlight Maryland women artists with an art exhibition in conjunction with Women’s History Month. “Women’s Art, Women’s Vision: Over 50 & Fabulous” will be on display at the World Trade Center in Baltimore (401 East Pratt Street) and runs Monday, March 7 – Friday, April 1. A reception with the artists takes place Tuesday, March 8, 5 – 7 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. 

House Bill 157 Proclaims March 8 as Maryland Women's History Day
Released: February 7, 2011
Read Press Release

House Bill 157 will be introduced by Delegate Barbara Robinson in the Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday, February 9. The new bill requires the Governor to annually proclaim March 8 as Maryland Women’s History Day in the state of Maryland, a move strongly supported by the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.

Authors Tell Their Stories at Girl Scouts Women’s Leadership Forum
Released: January 25, 2011
Read Press Release

Four local women authors will share the stories behind their books at Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s 5th annual Women’s Leadership Forum, Wednesday, March 9, 2011, from 5 pm – 8:15 pm at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. Themed after Girl Scouts new Journey handbook series, “It’s Your Story –Tell It,” each author will share how they developed the stories they were compelled to write.

Maryland Women’s Heritage Center Hosts National Book Launch and Free Book Signing Event with Award-Winning Local Children's Author Jerdine Nolen on Saturday, January 22
Released: January 5, 2011
Read Press Release

Award-winning local children’s author Jerdine Nolen of Ellicott City, Md., speaks about her newest book and first novel, “Eliza’s Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary,” on Saturday, January 22, 2 – 4 p.m. This official national book launch, co-sponsored by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, and WomanTalk Live, takes place at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.


Maryland Women's Heritage Center Names Lynne Brick and Rhonda Tomlinson to Board of Directors
Released: December 7, 2010

Read Press Release

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center announces that Lynne Brick, cofounder and owner of Brick Bodies and Lynne Brick’s Health Clubs, and Rhonda Tomlinson, president and CEO of RJ Tomlinson and Associates and founder and co-chair of the Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber Women in Business, to its board of directors.


Maryland Women's Heritage Center Hosts Reception Celebrating 10 Women Who Changed the Face of Maryland and Outstanding Women Business Leaders
Released: October 13, 2010
Read Press Release

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center and Maryland Life magazine host a complimentary reception to honor 10 women who have changed the face of Maryland, as well as outstanding women business leaders. The event takes place Wednesday, October 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. Although there is no cost to attend, the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center is collecting donations at the event (suggested donation of $10 per person).


Maryland Women's Heritage Center Presents "Maryland Women We Should Know" Living History Series in October As Part of Free Fall Baltimore
Released: September 28, 2010
Read Press Release 

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center presents “Maryland Women We Should Know” Living History Series in conjunction with Free Fall Baltimore, which offers free cultural activities city-wide throughout the month of October. The performances take place at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, located at 39 West Lexington Street in Baltimore, on Saturdays, October 9, 23, and 30, at 2 p.m. Attendees can interact with the performers as they individually portray three diverse and extraordinary women of Maryland.

Anna Ella Carroll Recognition Day and World Premiere Film Screening of The Lost River Set for Saturday, November 20, in Cambridge, Maryland
Released: September 16, 2010
Read Press Release

The Friends of Anna Ella Carroll in partnership with the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center host the world premiere film screening of The Lost River celebrating the true life story of Eastern Shore native Anna Ella Carroll. The screening is set to take place on “Anna Ella Carroll Recognition Day” on Saturday, November 20, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay located at 100 Heron Boulevard in Cambridge, Md.

Maryland Women's Heritage Center Opens in Baltimore
Released: May 25, 2010
Read Press Release

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, the first comprehensive state-based center and museum of its kind in the United States, is set to open its initial home in Baltimore at 39 West Lexington Street at the corner of Lexington and Liberty Streets. A special invitation-only grand opening celebration is Tuesday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m., and the official public opening takes place Saturday, June 19.

Media Advisory:  Maryland Women's Heritage Center Special Opening Celebration on Tuesday, May 25
Released: May 21, 2010
Read Media Advisory

Media and special guests are invited to an invitation-only Grand Opening Celebration for the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. For more information, contact Cheryl Knauer at 410-568-8808.



For your convenience,
Gratefully accepts the following forms of giving:
All major credit cards, cash, checks, stocks, bonds, and 
will bequeaths.


Follow MDWomensCtr on Twitter

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries or to be added to the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center press list, contact the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center at or 443-996-1788