|Maryland Women's Heritage Center
||Volume 1, Issue 2
Women's History Month: Did you know that the first officicial national commemoration of women's history in the United States was established in March 1980 when Congress passed a resolution making Women's History Week a designated celebration? Maryland also began its statewide Women's History Week commemorations in 1980, coordinated by the Maryland Commission for Women and the Maryland State Department of Education. Congress expanded its resolution in 1987 creating the first Women's History Month, which has been celebrated in Maryland since that time.
Celebrate the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of historical and contemporary women who came before us and their extraordinary accomplishments during Women's History Month in March and All Year Long!
Maryland Women's Heritage Center
501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization
Jill Moss Greenberg, Executive Director
Frances Hughes Glendening, President,
Former First Lady of Maryland
Catherine Curran O'Malley,
First Lady of Maryland
Kendel S. Ehrlich,
Former First Lady of Maryland
Shoshana S. Cardin, Honorary Development Chair
Michelle Duffy-Orr, Development Chair
Nancy S. Grasmick,
State Superintendent of Schools
Helen Holton, Baltimore City Councilwoman and Chair of the Maryland Commission for Women
The Pinder Group, LLC
Susan Shaffer, Mid-Atlantic Equity Center
Linda A. Shevitz, Coordinator of Maryland Women's History Project
Charles Edward Senseney, Accountant
Mark L. Shaffer, Counsel
Lucille Clifton, Poet and Author, former Maryland Poet Laureate
Dominique Dawes, Olympic Champion
Helen Delich Bentley, Former Congresswoman and First Woman Director of the U. S. Maritime Commission
Barbara A. Mikulski, United States Senator
Cokie Roberts, Commentator and Author
Nora Roberts, International Best-Selling Author of Mystery and Romance Novels
|Quarterly Newsletter |
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center's quarterly newsletter provides updates on events and activities of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, as well as our progress in making the Center a reality. If you have any comments or questions, please e-mail us.
| Letter from the Executive Director |
Jill Moss Greenberg
Welcome to the second issue of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center e-newsletter! We had a terrific response to the first edition and look forward to hearing from you about suggestions or material for future issues. I want to particularly thank Cheryl Knauer, from our Marketing Committee, for her excellent work in coordinating and editing the newsletter.
This issue is once again chock full of information for your use and to share with others. Many of you, as individuals or members of organizations, observe Women's History Month in March. As with all the other "special" months, it is our hope that we eventually won't need separate months to highlight women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, etc. We are in a transitional stage at this time, one where we must help people to become aware of the extent and importance of the contributions of girls and women throughout our history. It is only after our society and our schools are cognizant of the significance of the contributions - and the ongoing issues and needs - of women and diverse minority groups that we will no longer need to have special months - because we will all be included all year-round.
The observance of Women's History Month began in 1980. Initiated by the National Women's History Project, and sponsored by our Maryland Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, it has been proclaimed at the federal and state levels every year since then. The first information packet was developed by the Maryland Commission for Women and Maryland State Department of Education in 1981. For more than two decades, such packets and bulletin board display kits have been distributed, on a different topic each year, to all schools and libraries in our state. Linda Shevitz of the Maryland State Department of Education has coordinated that effort and is to be applauded for her stellar job!
Also, since 1985, women have been inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, coordinated by the Maryland Commission for Women and the Women Legislators of Maryland. The Maryland Women's Hall of Fame will at last find a visible home in the Maryland Women's Heritage Center!
For 2009, the national theme for Women's History Month is "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet." This is a time for schools, organizations and communities to honor renowned women and girls, as well as unsung heroines, who have been working to save our environment from local communities to the global environment. The start of the modern environmental movement was the publication of "Silent Spring" written by Rachel Carson while she was living at her home in Silver Spring, Maryland. We will be honoring her and other Maryland Women during this month. See below for a list of Women's History month events taking place in March. Also, visit our Website
for other events and updates. Come yourself and bring others to these events!
With high hopes,
Also below, you will find contact information for the Maryland Commission for Women and the local Commissions for Women throughout Maryland. We encourage you to support the critical work of these active commissions and to attend their programs.
As we work to make the Maryland Women's Heritage Center a reality, we have coined a phrase to describe our work: "We are adding herstory to history to tell ourstory." Let's all tell our stories - and work on issues of importance to women, girls and their families - together!
Jill Moss Greenberg
Maryland Women's Heritage Center
We have secured a temporary start-up site for the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. David Hillman, CEO of the Southern Management Corp., has generously donated space in an historic downtown Baltimore building.
Stay tuned for our opening date and for an official announcement.
In the meantime, please continue to send all correspondence and donations to:
Maryland Women's Heritage Center
P.O. Box 719
Brooklandville, MD 21022-0719
|Welcome New Board Members|
At our first board meeting of 2009 on January 12, we welcomed five new members to the board.
Betty Buck, President of Buck Distributing Co., Inc., one of the largest woman-owned and operated Miller Brewing Company distributors in the country.
Penny Chrissomallis, Director of Sales and Leasing; Principal at The Davari Companies LLC
Helen Holton, Baltimore City Councilwoman and Chair of the Maryland Commission for Women
David Nevins, President of Nevins & Associates, a Hunt Valley, Md.-based marketing and public affairs firm.
Kathy Wilmot, Owner of Wilmot Modular Structures, an industry leader in the distribution, sales and leasing of portable, prefabricated, mobile offices, custom modular buildings and ground level storage containers.
We are impressed once again with the commitment and diverse expertise among our Board members, and are extremely grateful to have their support of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center!
Women's History Month 2009
March is Women's History Month! Help us in celebrating Maryland women of the past, present and future.
The theme of 2009 Women's History Month is Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet.
We are celebrating Women's History Month in March 2009 with many exciting events and activities, including: Girl Power! Reach for the Sky
Sunday, March 1, 3 - 5 pm
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is an official supporter of this event, organized by the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County. The event encourages girls to consider careers in science technology, engineering and math (STEM) and includes hands-on activities, demonstrations, displays, and career representatives from a variety of STEM industries. To register, or for more information, contact email@example.com
Eileen Williams: Intuition, 2009, Mixed Media on Fabric, 34-1/2"H x 38"W x 5-1/2"D (Women's Art: Women's Vision)
Women's Art: Women's Vision
Sunday, March 8 - Sunday, April 5
Reception: Tuesday, March 10, 5 - 7 pm
World Trade Center, 401 East Pratt Street, Baltimore
Showcasing artwork by more than 20 diverse Maryland women artists, as well as art by young women from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.
Women's Leadership Forum
Wednesday, March 11, Networking Reception 5:30 pm; Panel Discussion 6:45 - 8 pm
The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is co-sponsoring the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland's third Women's Leadership Forum highlighting Maryland women artists who are leaders in their respective fields. Panelists include Toby Orenstein, Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts and Toby's Dinner Theatre, Rebecca Hoffberger, American Visionary Art Museum, Elizabeth Cockey, painter, and others. The panel will be faciliated by Maryland Women's Heritage Center board member Carmen Delgado Votaw. To register to attend, contact Clarke Fitzmaurice at 410-358-9711, ext. 287, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryland Women's Hall of Fame
Thursday, March 12, 5:30 pm
Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, Md., followed by a reception at Government House hosted by Governor Martin O'Malley and Judge Katie O'Malley.
Established by the Maryland Commission for Women and the Women Legislators of Maryland, this annual event honors Maryland women who have made unique and lasting contributions to the economic, political, cultural and social life of the state, and provides visible models of achievement for tomorrow's female leaders. The Maryland Women's Hall of Fame will be housed in the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.
The 2009 honorees are Ilia J. Fehrer, Environmentalist/Activist, Worcester County; Diane E. Griffin, M.D., Ph.D., Medicine/Science, Baltimore County; Marjorie Grumbacher, Humanitarian, Washington County; Harriet C. Legum, Educator/Humanitarian, Baltimore City; Brigadier General Allyson R. Solomon, Armed Forces, Prince George's County; and St. Clair Wright, Preservationist, Anne Arundel County. For more information, contact Kenya Johnson at the Maryland Commission for Women at 410-767-3049.
Kate Campbell Stevenson as Bessie Coleman (Women: Back to the Future)
special musical program starring Kate Campbell Stevenson brings to life women from history at the historic Mar-Va Theater and Performing Arts Center. This special performance will feature Sacagawea, Native American guide and interpreter; Bessie Coleman, First African American female pilot; Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady and humanitarian; and Rachel Carson, marine biologist and mother of the modern environmental movement. Proceeds from the performance will be donated to support the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. To purchase tickets, send checks made out to the Maryland Women's Heritage Center to Linda Busick, 10907 Player Lane, Berlin, MD 21811. Tickets will be held at the theater and may also be purchased at the door. Contact Linda Busick at email@example.com for more information.
Women: Back to the Future
Saturday, March 14, 2 pm matinee performance
Mar-Va Theater, 103 Market Street, Pocomoke City
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (under 18 years old)
Thanks to our sponsors:
Luann Leonard, CAbi consultant
Toni Julian, Upper Deck Restaurant
Kathi Trumble, Infinity Copy & Print Shop
Debi Rus, Rus Graphic Design
Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet Reception
Monday, March 16, 4 - 6 pm
Rachel Carson House, 17701 Berwick Road, Silver Spring
*Invitation only event*
This special celebration honors Rachel Carson and other Maryland women who have received national and state recognition for their contributions related to the 2009 Women's History Month theme, Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet. The state and national recognition programs are being coordinated by the National Women's History Project and the Maryland Women's Heritage Center to honor women who have exhibited outstanding leadership in protecting and preserving our environment. To celebrate the honorees' contributions, the reception will include a performance about Rachel Carson by noted women's history dramatist, Kate Campbell Stevenson, an informal tour of Rachel Carson's home, and a tribute by local students. A Protecting the Environment Pledge will also be distributed to all participants, and refreshments will be provided.
Maryland Women's Heritage Center Women's History Tour of Annapolis: Women Making History Together
Friday, March 27, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
This women's history trolley tour of Annapolis explores the innovative and exciting women of Maryland's past and women making history together today. The tour will include a luncheon in an historic Annapolis site. Visit the Maryland Women's Heritage Center Website for specific details.
|Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet |
The Women's History Month theme for March 2009, established by the National Women's History Project (NWHP), honors women who have taken the lead in the environmental or "green" movement, including Rachel Carson, from Silver Spring, Maryland, who was the founder of the contemporary environmental movement. Rachel Carson wrote her pioneering book, Silent Spring, while living in Silver Spring, Maryland.
During March, we are not only honoring Rachel Carson, but also other Maryland women who are presently taking the lead to save our planet! Each of these women was nominated from our State and will be featured on the National Women's History Project's Website
Cokie Roberts Fundraiser Book Signing
Maryland Women's Heritage Center Honorary Board Member Cokie Roberts (pictured left) is releasing a new book, "We Are Our Mothers' Daughters: Revised and Expanded Edition," in Spring 2009. In conjunction with the release of this new book, Cokie Roberts will be joining the Maryland Women's Heritage Center for a special fundraising book signing luncheon on Wednesday, April 29, with proceeds benefiting the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. Visit the Maryland Women's Heritage Center Website for updates and more information about this event.
Did you know? Other Honorary Board Members of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center include Lucille Clifton, Poet and Author, former Maryland Poet Laureate; Dominique Dawes, Olympic Champion; Helen Delich Bentley, Former Congresswoman and First Woman Director of the U. S. Maritime Commission; Barbara A. Mikulski, United States Senator; and Nora Roberts, International Best-Selling Author of Mystery and Romance Novels. Visit the Maryland Women's Heritage Center Website for more information about these renowned Maryland women, many of which are "firsts" and "founders."
|CCBC Women's Expo
|The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is looking forward to participating in this year's CCBC Women's Expo at Catonsville taking place Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. This non-profit Expo is sponsored by AAWCC (American Association for Women in Community Colleges). Come out and join us!
The CCBC Women's Expo includes more than 175 women-based businesses, special guest speakers, a book fair, and much more.
Admission $6 per day at the door, those with a valid college or military ID are free, as well as children under 18 years old. Visit the CCBC Women's Expo Website for a $1 off coupon. For more information, call 443-840-4500.
A Very Special Thanks to Robin Rice of Be Who You Are Productions For Sponsoring The Maryland Women's Heritage Center At This Year's Expo!
| Maryland Public Television Partnership
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center and Maryland Public Television (MPT) have formed an exciting joint partnership that will help promote the Center throughout the State of Maryland to MPT viewers.
MPT viewers will begin seeing messages about the Maryland Women's Heritage Center beginning in March 2009, Women's History Month. In addition, Maryland Women's Heritage Center events will be featured in MPT's e-newsletters and MPT's Calendar of Events.
Jill Moss Greenberg said, "We are proud to be have the support of MPT in the promotion of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, an historic first. Because of MPT's expansive viewership across the State of Maryland, we believe that this partnership will help us to further grow awareness of the Center and its mission of preserving the past, understanding the present, and shaping the future by recognizing, respecting, and transmitting the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and regions. We also look forward to expanding our relationship to host joint events and possibly, displays, once we have a venue for the Center."
As a benefit to supporters of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, MPT is also offering special discount ticket offers just for you. See below:
MPT Presents Celtic Woman Isle of Hope Concert
The Celtic Woman show is an exhilarating and unique spectacle, with a stage design and light show perfectly suited to its theme. It is in its theatrical landscape, created like a mythical dream, at the shores of a musical sea, that the show carries you upon its voices to a journey far away. Click here
for details and to pledge for tickets, or call 1-800-522-8915.
|Partnership with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland |
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center and the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
announce a new partnership to further promote and celebrate Maryland women and girls of the past, present, and future.
The two organizations are planning many collaborative initiatives, such as joint events and Girl Scout badge programs, with the first combined activities taking place in March 2009 during Women's History Month, including the Women's Art: Women's Vision
art exhibition and Women's Leadership Forum.
According to Jill Moss Greenberg, "We are excited to partner with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. This partnership is a natural match for us since the Maryland Women's Heritage Center will be located in central Maryland and we envision a vital, interactive center and gathering place that the various Girl Scout troops and other groups will be able to utilize. Furthermore, we anticipate that the Center will host seminars, leadership development, meetings and forums to address issues crucial to the lives of Maryland women and their families and communities, and are looking forward to developing these kinds of programs and activities with the Girl Scouts in the future."
"The history of Girl Scouting and women leaders within this organization spans over 90 years," said Traci A. Barnett, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. "We are thrilled to partner with the Maryland Women's Heritage Center to promote and educate the nearly 30,000 girls ages 5 -17 that we serve throughout Maryland in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties about the value of women's struggles and achievements. This partnership will help these girls and young women gain a better appreciation and understanding of the contributions of women past, present, and future."
YWCA Leader Lunch
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is co-sponsoring this sixth annual lunch on Friday, May 8, which showcases and honors women leaders in Baltimore. For more information, contact the YWCA office at 410-685-1460 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Women's Heritage International Joint Exchange|
The WHIJEC will work with schools in the United States and other countries to women's worldwide contributions to history.
In addition, high school students from the United States will be teamed up with students in schools in Turkey for an 8-week competition to produce the best essay on historical women figures of these countries and the United States. During the 8-week competition, each bicultural team will choose two women or two women's organizations, one in the United States (or their state's history) and another from Turkish history, and collaborate online through e-mail, instant messaging, blogs, and audio and video chats to work on comparing the work of two women. The students will be encouraged to study the original works of these women (novels, poems, speeches, art work, etc) or study the works and history of these organizations, interview history teachers and professors about these women and organizations, and analyze their representations in their textbooks, etc. While learning about the topic, the students will also teach their partners their language and culture. All interaction will be administered and archived by the International Exchange Institute (IEI).
Pending approval from the Turkish Ministery of Education, our goal is to start with two online discusions on March 8, 2009, and March 15, 2009. The competition itself will begin on March 30, 2009, and end on May 22, 2009. The first place winners will earn a trip to the other country in Fall 2009.
WOW: Women of Wonder Spotlight
By Carolyn Stegman, Ed.D.
Each edition of the e-newsletter will feature a Maryland Woman of Wonder. This spotlight is on Dr. Ellen Silbergeld, one of the Maryland women being honored by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center during Women's History Month in March 2009. This year's national theme is "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet."
Photo: Carolyn Stegman, Ed.D.
Dr. Ellen Silbergeld is an international authority on lead and mercury poisoning. Her work contributed to the removal of lead from gasoline in 1990, an environmental milestone. She has also documented the health risks of many chemical by-products of industrial processing.
"Science is exciting and it is all about questioning," she says. "If somebody tells me something, I don't take it as proven fact. Be skeptical."
For decades, Silbergeld's investigations have questioned established practices and backed up those queries with solid science. Imbued with a sense of social responsibility as a child, she was taught to speak truth to power, take a stand, and do things for social justice.
"Whether confronting the government or the private sector, I believe in 'persistent annoyance' when it comes to safeguarding the public's health."
Silbergeld was a graduate student when, in 1971, legislation passed prohibiting manufacturers from adding lead to interior paint. Yet there had been long delays in banning lead in paint and millions of children continued to be exposed (mainly through peeling paint in older homes), in part because societal responsibility for removing lead paint languished under a prevailing, archaic attitude that blamed neglectful mothering. In questioning this viewpoint, Silbergeld did a simple, yet profound experiment: she picked a piece of leaded paint off a window sill and ate it. To her amazement, it tasted sweet and appealing. The 'bad mother' myth was diminished, but Silbergeld says "that the failure to abate lead paint hazards in housing has not been overcome even to this day."
Her latest work focuses on the widespread use of antibiotics in farm animals and poultry raised for public consumption. Silbergeld, now at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, has linked the increase in drug-resistant infections to these food sources.
"Nobody was doing anything about this," she said, "yet it is a major public health issue. For example, people are coming into hospitals already carrying resistant bacteria or resistance genes from food or other community sources. Therefore, to say that all infections are generated in the hospital is like saying pregnancies begin in the hospital because that is where most babies are delivered."
Photo: Dr. Ellen Silbergeld (Credit: Johns Hopkins University)
When the FDA claimed that antibiotic use in agriculture was rigidly controlled, Silbergeld questioned this and went to a feed store to find out for herself. After she inquired about purchasing antibiotics, a clerk merely asked her, "What do you want, Tetracycline or Penicillin? And how much do you want, 5 lb. or 40 lb. bags?" So much for rigid regulation.
Maryland's Ellen Silbergeld is not afraid to confront those responsible for public health threats and backs up her hypotheses with science. She has linked various environmental and occupational exposures to health risks in human populations, and as an advocate and role model, she has improved and saved countless lives.
Carolyn B. Stegman is author of the book, Women of Achievement in Maryland History. Information for this article was gathered from "Lead's Nemesis,"
Johns Hopkins Magazine (Hendricks, April 2000) and an interview with Ellen Silbergeld (December 18, 2008).
| Maryland Commission for Women and Local Commissions for Women|
The Maryland Commission for Women is a partner of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.
The Maryland Commission for Women collaborates with the Maryland State Department of Education
in coordinating the Maryland Women's History Project and with the Women Legislators of Maryland in coordinating the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. The Commission also honors young female leaders in a Women of Tomorrow project. Its goals are to promote the social, political, and economic equality for Maryland women.
Baltimore, MD 21201
LOCAL COMMISSIONS FOR WOMEN IN MARYLAND:
These commissions provide information, programs, resources, and advocacy for the women in their jurisdictions. Please contact and support their important work.
Allegany County Commission for Women
30 Washington Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Jeanne Cooper, Chair
Baltimore City Commission for Women
100 Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Court House Suite 124
Towson, Maryland 21204
Frederick, Maryland 20678
Elkton, Maryland 21921
La Plata, Maryland 20646
Frederick, Maryland 21701-5243
Oakland, Maryland 21550
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Columbia, Maryland 21046
Rockville, Maryland 20850
6420 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, Maryland 20748
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650
100 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
Rose Wolters, President
Worcester County Commission for Women
410-632-1100, ext. 1022
Sharone Grant, President
Doris Moxley, Vice President
|Maryland Women's Heritage Center Mission
The mission of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center is 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 regions.
Maryland Women's Heritage Center
P.O. Box 719
Brooklandville, MD 21022-0719 Phone: 410-767-0675