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Maryland Women's Heritage Center Volume 1, Issue 4
Summer 2009 
Title IX: June 23 celebrated the 37th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law that outlaws sex discrimination in schools and education programs receiving federal funds. This includes all public schools and many non-public schools and programs. Title IX covers such areas as sexual harassment, access to higher education, mathematics, science and technology programs, career and technical education, and educational employment, and is widely known for dramatically increasing the participation of females in high school and collegiate sports. It is important that we recognize Title IX's impact on our lives, as well as the lives of younger generations of women who would not be able to have the opportunities available to them without the passing of this landmark legislation. See the article below for more information. 
In This Issue
Letter from the President of the Board
Letter from the Executive Director
MWHC Web Site
Title IX
Women's Equality Day
Girl Scouts Partnership
School Girls Unite
Spirited Women of Baltimore
Girls Gone Great Celebration
The Daily Record Top 100 Women
Commission for Women
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
WOW: Women of Wonder
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Maryland Women's Heritage Center
501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization    
Executive Board:

Frances Hughes Glendening, President,
Former First Lady of Maryland
Jill Moss Greenberg, Executive Director
Catherine "Katie" Curran O'Malley,
First Lady of Maryland
Kendel S. Ehrlich,
Former First Lady of Maryland
Shoshana S. Cardin, Honorary Development Chair

Michelle Duffy-Orr, Treasurer
Nancy S. Grasmick,
State Superintendent of Schools
Helen Holton, Baltimore City Councilwoman and Chair of the Maryland Commission for Women
Sharon Pinder,
The Pinder Group, LLC

Susan Shaffer, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium

Linda A. Shevitz, Coordinator of Maryland Women's History Project
Charles Edward Senseney, Accountant

Mark L. Shaffer, Counsel and Site Selection Chair
Honorary Board:
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
Board of Directors:
Lori Askinazi
Diana Bailey
Sarian Bouma
Betty Buck
Linda Busick
Penny Chrissomallis
Rita Colwell
Patricia E. Cornish
Jean Cryor
Catherine Gira
Joanne Goldsmith
Susan R. Gould
Artis Cowan Hampshire
William "Britt" Kirwan
Juanita Tamayo Lott
David Nevins
Jo-Ann Mayer Orlinsky
Maria Torres Queral
Jan Rivitz
Carole Sibel
Nancy Lindberg Sloane
Carolyn Stegman
Beth Trehey
Carmen Delgado Votaw
Sue Ward
Kathy Wilmot
Debbie Yow
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.
 Frances Hughes GlendeningLetter from the President of the Board 
Frances Hughes Glendening  
As the Maryland Women's Heritage Center touches and engages more women and girls throughout the state, our need for a home becomes readily apparent. Identifying a permanent home remains a future goal; however, we have obtained a terrific initial home located in the City of Baltimore. I am thrilled to announce the Maryland Women's Heritage Center's temporary home will be located at 39 West Lexington Street and is scheduled to open in early Fall 2009. This location is known to many of you as the former Baltimore Gas & Electric Building. Significantly, ground floor space in this building has been generously donated by David Hillman, CEO of the Southern Management Corporation. We are extraordinarily grateful to Mr. Hillman and look forward to recognizing him publicly at an appropriate occasion in the near future. 
Because of David Hillman's amazing contribution, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center will have a home base from which to serve even more Marylanders, particularly Maryland women. Fortunately, this location will enable us to present rotating exhibits and window displays to highlight the contributions of various women's organizations and individuals from throughout the state. I encourage any group or individual interested in participating in these exhibits to contact Jill Moss Greenberg, Executive Director of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. Additionally, this space provides an excellent venue to sponsor special events and receptions as well as seminars addressing a wide range of emerging issues important for Maryland girls, women and families. At the same time, our initial home will allow us to house the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame and a small gift shop.
To continue this incredible momentum, we need your support and active participation. As a first step, I am asking you to join me in making a tax-deductible donation to the Center, perhaps in honor of a Maryland woman or girl who is or has been important in your life. Because the Center is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization, all gifts are fully tax-deductible. In addition, we need volunteers to help will all of our endeavors. If you are interested in giving your time, talents or resources, e-mail Jill Moss Greenberg.
Your tireless efforts have enabled us to achieve a great deal thus far. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all you have done. While we have made significant progress toward our shared vision, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center will become a reality in the state and a model for the nation only through your continued help and the help of others like you. I look forward to working with you to fully implement our shared vision.
My very best to you always,
Frances Hughes Glendening
Maryland Women's Heritage Center
 Letter from the Executive Director  
Jill Moss Greenberg  
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center has been busy participating in numerous events for women of all ages throughout Maryland. Please look at the "Heritage Happenings" in this issue of our newsletter to learn more about each of these great events.
Sadly, this spring brought the passing of a tremendously significant member of the Maryland House of Delegates, and a treasured friend of many of us working on the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, retired Delegate Pauline Menes. Del. Menes served in the House for 40 years, making her the longest serving member! She was key in the history and formation of the Women Legislators of Maryland, among innumerable other areas. Delegate Menes exemplified the very best meaning of the term "public servant."  She was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 2008. Her three daughters, acting on her wishes, asked that donations in her memory be sent to The Pauline Menes Fund at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. We are deeply grateful for all the guidance and support that Pauline Menes gave to us as we began creating the Center - and doubly appreciative that it was her wish to create this memorial fund. The Pauline Menes Fund will allow for the development of specific programs that engage girls and women in public leadership. Visit the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame for additional information about this remarkable woman.
This spring, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center established the "Herstory Maker Award." This award will be periodically presented to Maryland women who are making history today.
I had the honor of presenting the first "Herstory Maker Award" to Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer, the first female mayor of Annapolis in its 300 year history. The award was presented to Mayor Moyer during the Maryland Women's Heritage Center's "Women Making History Together" tour of Annapolis on March 27, 2009. The presentation of the award was especially meaningful because it coincided with this daylong event in which we explored the rich contributions and accomplishments of remarkable Annapolis women.  The award was a surprise to Mayor Moyer and she was extremely pleased to be chosen as the first honoree.
For the past few months, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center has been working with the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (NCWHS). The Collaborative initiated a series of conference calls to enable groups throughout the United States who have developed - or are developing - women's heritage trails to share ideas and develop strategies for collaboration. We are all hopeful that we can eventually create a women's history trail that covers the entire country!  Please see article below about the NCWHC in this issue of the newsletter, which outlines all the trails that currently exist, including our Maryland Women's Heritage Trail.
As we approach August 26, the anniversary of women finally winning the right to vote in 1920, many of us are shocked to realize that our wonderful state was not among the states that passed women's suffrage in order to pass the 19th Amendment to our U.S. Constitution! Years later, Maryland affirmed its support. This anniversary reminds us of the importance of today's successes of our state's girls and women!
Best wishes to you - the renowned and unsung heroines (and the supportive heroes) who are making our state better day by day -
Jill Moss Greenberg
Executive Director
Maryland Women's Heritage Center
computerMWHC Website 
Just a reminder that for updates and more information about the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, visit our Website.
The Website is constantly being updated to include new information, such as events and activities of importance to women and girls taking place throughout Maryland (not just events that the Center is actively involved with supporting). Know of an event that should be added, or have another suggestion for the Website? We encourage you to contact marketing committee members Cheryl Knauer or Kirstie Durr. Call Cheryl Knauer at 410-568-8808 with any questions.
Additionally, check out the Website for a list of recent articles and other media interviews on behalf of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. Or, if you are looking for a past issue of the newsletter, click here.
Title IXTitle IX  

By Linda Shevitz
As mentioned above, Title IX (of the Education Amendments of 1972), the landmark federal law that addresses sex discrimination in education, turned 37 years old on June 23, 2009.  Maryland Congresswoman Gladys Noon Spellman (to whom the Baltimore Washington Parkway is dedicated) was actively involved in the passage of Title IX.

A White House Roundtable on Title IX was broadcast live to commemorate the day with participation by national leaders from several areas, including education, sports, law, and science. Dominique Dawes, Olympic champion and member of the Honorary Board of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, White House Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett, and legendary tennis star Billie Jean King. 

Dawes credited Title IX for the dramatic increase in participation by girls in sports that allowed her to compete nationally and internationally. She also spoke about the need for the media and the public to report not just about Title IX and events, such as the Olympics, but about "the amazing things women are doing in sports today and in all areas of society."  The number of girls participating in high school athletics as a result of opportunities provided by Title IX went from 300,000 in 1972 to over three million today.

She added, "Women leaders serve as role models for young men as well as young women. Our goal is to educate and empower young people to know their rights and to use their voice to bring about change. " 

To view a video of Dominique Dawes and other women athletes who participated in the White House Roundtable on Title IX, click here.

Several of the current board members of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center have been active in working on Title IX over the last decades. Myself, along with Jill Moss Greenberg, Executive Director of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, and board members of the Center, Susan Shaffer and Diana Bailey, were honored for our gender equity work by being invited to a White House celebration of Title IX's 25th anniversary in 1997. Another Honorary Board member of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, Senator Barbara Mikulski has been instrumental in supporting Title IX throughout her years in Congress.

For more information about Title IX, visit the National Women's Law Center
Linda Shevitz is the state Title IX coordinator at the Maryland State Department of Education and Executive Board Member of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.
Title IXWomen's Equality Day

Did you know that August 26 is Women's Equality Day?
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.  
If you know of any events taking place in Maryland in conjunction with Women's Equality Day, please contact Cheryl Knauer for inclusion on the Maryland Women's Heritage Center Website.  
Want to organize an event? Go to the National Women's History Project Website for Women's Equality Day Celebration resources.
Test your knowledge by taking the National Women's History Project's Women's Equality Day quiz.  
And, 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.
GS LogoPartnership with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland   

We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland to further promote and celebrate Maryland women and girls of the past, present, and future.     
We are planning many collaborative initiatives, including joint events, such as the Women's Art: Women's Vision art exhibition at the World Trade Center in Baltimore and Women's Leadership Forum in March 2010. The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is also looking forward to becoming involved with the Girl Scouts Maryland Heritage Patch. 
SchoolGirlsUniteSchool Girls Unite    

The Maryland Women's Heritage Center has been working with School Girls Unite and its visionary sponsor, Wendy Lesko, almost since its formation. The members of the initial group were Maryland middle school students. As they continued their education, they maintained their commitment to School Girls Unite - and to action for all girls. They have now come out with a marvelous handbook that is useful for girls throughout the world - and informative to those of us well past our girlhoods!
More than a dozen teenagers with School Girls Unite in the United States and students in Mali, West Africa, have authored "GIRLS GONE ACTIVIST! How to Change the World through Education." In poor countries, the majority of girls do not even finish elementary school and many become child brides. This action guide-written by youth for youth-describes how to become a global activist and why educating girls is crucial to building a smarter, healthier and more peaceful world. These inspiring stories and successful advocacy strategies, such as clever video petitions and street theater, will convince anyone age 12 and older to get active in solving this human rights catastrophe and achieving gender equality. Written in English and French with over 100 pictures, this 120-page paperback is available for $12, or can be downloaded, without charge, as an eBook on the School Girls Unite Website. For more information, call 1-800-KID-POWER or e-mail School Girls Unite.
Spirited WomanSpirited Women of Baltimore Awards

Morton's The Steakhouse, Baltimore4Her™ and The Women's Wine and DineŽ host the Spirited Women of Baltimore Power Lunch on Wednesday, August 12, 11:30 am - 2 pm.
Photo: Susan Schapiro, Spirited Woman of Baltimore 2008, and Monyka Berrocosa, Founder of™ and The Women's Wine and DineŽ
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is a supporter for this year's event, which benefits the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. The lunch will honor three Spirited Women of Baltimore, in various walks of life, based on their career and personal successes:  Spirited Woman Rising (an up and coming, young leader), Spirited Woman in Balance (a working mother) and Spirited Woman of Baltimore 2009 (an accomplished leader). 

The winners will be announced at the luncheon on Wednesday, August 12, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Morton's The Steakhouse (300 S. Charles Street, Baltimore). Tickets are $40 per person if purchased by August 5 and $50 per person if purchased after August 5. "Spirited Supporter" tables of six, eight, or 10 are available at a 10% discount per person until August 5.
To purchase tickets, visit or, or call 410-585-9902. 
GirlGoneGreatGirls Gone Great Celebration Luncheon 
WomanTalk Live, a supporter of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, will be recognizing Chen Sheng, a junior at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, MD, as the 2009 Girls Gone Great essay contest winner at a special luncheon on Sunday, August 16.
To read Chen Sheng's winning essay, or last year's winner Jessica Cottrell's essay, click here. For more information about Chen Sheng, click here.
WomanTalk Live's Girls Gone Great essay contest gives Maryland girls the opportunity to write about their great ideas and contributions to make the world a better place, as well as visions for the future. 
Linda BusickThe Daily Record's
Top 100 Women of Maryland 2009 
Congratulations to Linda Busick, a board member of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, who was chosen as one of The Daily Record's Top 100 Women for 2009. 
Annually, The Daily Record recognizes 100 high-achieving Maryland women who are making an impact through their leadership, community service and mentoring. To view a complete list of 2009 honorees, click here.

In May 2008, she coordinated Invest In Yourself, an empowerment seminar for women, at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, MD. Attendees learned job readiness skills, including how to compose a resume, prepare for an interview, search for employment opportunities, and dress for success, as well as tips on financial literacy (budget planning) and personal protection. Sponsored by Verizon Wireless, Invest in Yourself was supported by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center and Worcester County, in partnership with the Maryland Commission for Women, The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Prevention Coalitions of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties, and the Life Crisis Center of the Lower Eastern Shore.
MDCommissionforWomenMaryland Commission for Women and Local Commissions for Women  
A partner of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, the Maryland Commission for Women advises government, advances solutions, and serves as a statewide resource to expand social, political and economic opportunities for all Maryland women.

The State of Maryland is also fortunate to have local commissions for women that provide information, programs, resources, and advocacy for the women in their jurisdictions. Click here for a complete list of and contact information for local commissions for women in Maryland.
Maryland Commission for Women
311 West Saratoga Street
Suite 272
Baltimore, MD 21201
QuakersNational Collaborative for Women's History Sites   
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is working with the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (NCWHS), and was recently included in the Collaborative's article, "Sharing Her Stories through Heritage Trails: A National Movement to Link Women's History with Historic Sites." The article was written by Pam Elam, M.A. and Mary Melcher, Ph.D., NCWHS Board Members.
Here is an excerpt from the article: 
Women's heritage trails are being developed across the United States to share women's history with the public. From Maine to Florida, Arizona to New Jersey, organizations in cities and states are creating maps that link historic sites to inform the public about women's stories. They're creating websites, walking and driving trails and publications about women's lives and history. Statewide trails are in the works or completed in New Jersey, Florida, Connecticut, Indiana, Arizona, Maryland, and New York. Several city-wide trails also exist, in places like Boston, Manhattan, and Portland, Maine. These trails have a variety of structures, funding sources and methods of interpretation.
For example, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, in conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Education [and the Maryland Commission for Women], published a guidebook and map of the Maryland Women's Heritage Trail (MWHT). The MWHT includes more than 150 sites across the state, reflecting the accomplishments of diverse historical and contemporary women.

The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization. Started in 1980 as the Maryland Women's History Project, it has evolved and expanded over the years and presently has a staff, Board, and an Executive Committee. It also has four committees: Program/Education, Marketing, Development, and Site/Building. Leadership is drawn from women's organizations, state and local Commissions for Women, Women Legislators of Maryland, Women's Studies programs, the Maryland State Teachers' Association, and local historical networks. Funding is received from the Maryland State Legislature, businesses, and other sources. The MWHT interprets women's past through a website, publications, programs and events. In the fall of 2009, the MWHC will open its new, temporary home in Baltimore, which includes a museum, resource center, archives, meeting rooms, and art gallery, as well as the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame.
The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites is excited about the number and quality of women's heritage trails throughout the United States and would like to aid in the development of these trails in ways determined to be beneficial by staff and volunteers throughout the country who have been involved in this "trails movement." Some have suggested that the NCWHS share information about technical needs and issues when creating a trail website or develop advisory guidelines for the organization of trails. Many of the people contacted are supportive of creating a "National Women's History Trail." 
Click here to read a pdf of the full article.
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 Shoshana S. Cardin, Former Chair of the Maryland Commission for Women and current member of the Executive Board of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.
 Photo: Carolyn Stegman, Ed.D.
"I don't think everyone needs to assume the weight of the world's problems, 
but if we break the world's problems down to those within our province,
everyone can assume some responsibility to reduce the level of hostility, 
anger, and pain, and increase the level of understanding..."                 
Shoshana Cardin has improved this very imperfect world through vision, strength and gemilut hasadim-acts of loving-kindness. Her continuous efforts at the local, state, national and international levels have made an enduring difference for people of widely varied perspectives, economic levels, and nationalities.

In 1991, the philosophy by which this Maryland activist has lived carried her through imposing Kremlin walls to a personal meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev, premier of the USSR. While face to face with the leader of a nation that had caused much Jewish suffering, she urged him to comply fully with international standards for freedom of emigration. Then she raised the subject of anti-Semitism, asking the leader to take a stronger stand against it. One hour after the meeting, Gorbachev issued a public radio address condemning anti-Semitism, the first such statement ever made by a Russian leader. His remarks made headlines around the world.
"Whether I work for the United Way, the March of Dimes, the Maryland Commission for Women (MCW), or the Council of Jewish Federations, I believe that each of us has the chance to make the world a better place," says Cardin. During International Women's Year, 1975, Cardin chaired the MCW. Her administrative acumen led to seminars attended by thousands of women who identified numerous barriers preventing women participants from achieving their full potential. Maryland women created the Maryland Women's Agenda, which grouped recommendations into areas such as childcare, credit, education, employment, health issues, and aging women.                          
 Shoshana Cardin                                                                                             Photo: Shoshana S. Cardin 
As leader of the MCW, Cardin recognized the need to assist abused women and was instrumental in the founding of the House of Ruth, which became a model for other shelters and safe houses around the state.  She also co-authored the first comprehensive guide to women's credit rights, Women: Where Credit is Due, disseminated in Maryland and throughout the nation. At that time, women were unable to obtain credit in their own name. Because of this, women had no credit histories and were generally unable to purchase items, from cars to homes, or secure credit cards-even if they were fully employed and credit-worthy. Cardin became a leader in the fight for credit rights for all women, eventually testifying before Congress and playing a key role in the passage of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

Cardin has garnered some three dozen humanitarian and woman of the year awards, and holds a collection of honorary degrees from institutions around the world. She has gone to dinners at the White House and held discussions with Presidents, Secretaries of State, Ambassadors, and Prime Ministers. Yet , she considers The Shoshana S. Cardin School, an independent Jewish high school in Baltimore County, as "the reward  of a lifetime." In founding this school, her mission was "to build and sustain a community where Jewish and secular cultures not only coexist but are interwoven aspects of an organic whole. Students learn of our past and become active members of our present in order to be leaders of our future."
Never has Shoshana Cardin feared speaking out and taking a stand. "To remain silent would be wrong." Today, she still speaks out for all women and the Maryland Women's Heritage Center is especially proud to have her serve on its board of directors.
Carolyn B. Stegman is author of the book, Women of Achievement in Maryland History
*Information for this article came from Cardin's autobiography, Shoshana: Memoirs of Shoshana Shoubin Cardin, published in 2008 by the Jewish Museum of Maryland, and Women of Achievement in Maryland History (2002).

2009 Heritage Happenings
*Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Distinguished Awards Reception
Thursday, April 30
Baltimore Country Club, Baltimore  
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center participated in this annual event that the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland hosts to honor prominent women in Maryland. This program gives select Girl Scouts the unique opportunity to observe and interact with dynamic women leaders in Maryland. Each honoree is shadowed and interviewed by a Girl Scout who then introduces the honoree at the awards reception. This year's honorees were Sharon Pinder, President and CEO of The Pinder Group, LLC, and Executive Board Member of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, as well as Jenny Trostel, Vice President of Anderson of Hunt Valley, Laura B. Black, Entrepreneur & Community Leader, Carmen Oritz Larsen, CEO & Founder of AQUAS, Inc., and Paula R. Singer, President & CEO of Laureate Online Education.
GS Honorees  GS
         Traci Barnett                      Sharon Pinder              
*YWCA Leader Lunch 
Friday, May 8
Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, Baltimore
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center co-sponsored this annual event recognizing women leaders whose vision, energy, and talent combine to create vibrant workplaces and sustain our community. The 2009 honorees were Luwanda Jenkins, Special Secretary, Governor's Office of Minority Affairs; Bonnie Stein, Executive Vice President, PNC Wealth Management; Kathleen Hyle, COO, Constellation Energy Resources; Linda Norman, General Manager, Hilton Baltimore; P.J. Mitchell, Vice President, Global Sales and Operations, IBM; Liz Rhode, Co-Owner and Co-Founder, Maryland Athletic Club and Wellness Center (MAC); Paula R. Singer, President and CEO, Laureate Education, Inc.; Sharon Kroupa, Partner, Venable LLP; Bonnie Phipps, President and CEO, St. Agnes Healthcare; Hathaway Ferebee, Executive Director, Safe and Sound; Loleta Robinson, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder, Syan Bioscience; and Monique Dixon, Director, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program, Open Society Institute-Baltimore. 

*Women of Tomorrow Awards
Wednesday, May 13
Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis
This special event, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Maryland Commission for Women, Maryland State Department of Education, and the friends of the Maryland Commission for Women, and supported by the Maryland Women's Heritage, honored girls who are outstanding students and members of their communities and who have a strong vision for the future. Honorees included Jasmine Adams (Calvert County, Northern High School, 12th grade), D'ymond Shantyl Dantzler (Baltimore County, Randallstown High School, 9th grade), and Kiauna Nickole Freeman (Charles County, Matthew Henson Middle School, 8th grade). Honorable mentions were Valerie Caplan (Baltimore County, Carver Center for Arts & Technology, 12th grade), Kelly Ann Marx (Worcester County, Stephen Decatur High School, 9th grade), and Natalie Brosh (Harford County, Patterson Mill Middle School, 7th grade). 
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*She Matters Girls' Empowerment Conference & Expo 
Saturday, May 16
New Town High School, Owings Mills, MD
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center participated in this second annual event, which attracted more than 700 girls varying in age from 9 - 17. Photos below show participants playing an interactive trivial pursuit style Maryland Women's Herstory game, created by Ellie Elgin, who conducts outreach for the Maryland Commission for Women and the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.           
SheMattersConf   SheMatters           

*Diversity Days  
Tuesday, May 19   
Social Security Administration Building, Baltimore

Maryland Women's Heritage Center Executive Board Member Linda Shevitz participated in a panel presentation as part of a program to celebrate the ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity of the Maryland Social Security Administration staff and state agencies. 
 Ellie Elgin            Linda Shevitz
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*Maryland Women Spanning the Globe

Wednesday, May 20
American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center was a cooperating partner of this women-only annual event hosted by The World Trade Center Institute and Jhpiego, an international health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Topics included Women & Families around the World, Successful Women Entrepreneurs - Here and Abroad, Women and the Muslim World - 1.3 Billion Consumers, Creating & Marketing Value in Today's Economy, Women and Board Leadership, Mentors & Mentees' Learning, 60 Minutes - Int'l Business Headlines Panel, and more.  Guests were also able to make connections with other fun, fearless females and hear the success stories of high profile women in leadership positions. (Photos courtesy of the World Trade Center Institute.)

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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
We are proud to partner with the following organizations that support the creation of this historic first:
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