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Maryland Women's Heritage Center Volume 3, Issue 1
Fall 2010 

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

-Harriet Tubman, Runaway Slave and Conductor of the Underground Railroad

In This Issue
MD Women's Hall of Fame
Maryland Life Reception
Living History Series
Anna Ella Carroll
Volunteers Needed
Women in Social Media
Top 100 MBEs
Freedom's Sisters
Vote for MWHC
Girls Gone Great
Women of Rockville
Unsung Heroines
Harriet Tubman Statue
Focus on Women
The Maryland Women's Journals
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Frances Hughes Glendening,  Former First Lady of Maryland and President of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center
Jill Moss Greenberg, Executive Director
Catherine "Katie" Curran O'Malley, First Lady of Maryland
Kendel S. Ehrlich, Former First Lady of Maryland
Nancy S. Grasmick, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools

Sharon Pinder, The Pinder Group, LLC

Michelle Duffy Orr, Treasurer

Helen Holton, Baltimore City Councilwoman and Chair of the Maryland Commission for Women

Shoshana S. Cardin, Honorary Development Chair

Audrey E. Scott, Co-Chair, Development Committee

Betty Buck, Co-Chair, Development Committee, and President of Buck Distributing Co., Inc.

Linda A. Shevitz, Program/Education Chair and Coordinator of the Maryland Women's History Project and Title IX Coordinator at the Maryland State Department of Education

Susan Morris Shaffer, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
Mark L. Shaffer, Counsel and Site Selection Chair

Charles Edward Senseney, Accountant

Lori Askinazi
Diana Bailey
Sarian Bouma
Linda Busick
Penny Chrissomallis
Rita R. Colwell
Patricia E. Cornish
Catherine R. Gira
Joanne T. Goldsmith
Artis G. Hampshire-Cowan
William "Brit" Kirwan
Juanita Tamayo Lott
David H. Nevins
Jo-Ann Mayer Orlinsky
Maria Torres Queral
Rita L. Robinson
Carole Sibel
Nancy Lindberg Sloane
Carolyn B. Stegman
Carmen Delgado Votaw
Sue Ward
Kathy Wilmot
Deborah A. Yow
Honorary Board:
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

*Lucille Clifton, Poet and Author, Former Maryland Poet Laureate  (*Deceased)

Quarterly Newsletter  
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center's quarterly newsletter provides updates on events and activities of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. If you have any comments or questions, please e-mail us.
JMGLetter from the Executive Director
 All of us working for the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, a largely volunteer effort, are truly thrilled with the support and involvement the Center is receiving from organizations, publications and media programs, community groups, elected officials, and individuals from every corner of Maryland. This Center is for ALL Marylanders - and the many others from other states and countries who have visited us during our opening months. We invite you to join our dedicated volunteer corps, visit the Center with your family or group, and share your stories with us. Contact us!

October of each year is designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read the full proclamation by President Obama.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV). MNADV has been working since 1980 to eliminate domestic violence in Maryland through education, training, and advocacy. As Maryland's state coalition, the Network works together with local domestic violence programs as well as criminal justice and law enforcement personnel, legal advocates, health care and social service providers, clergy, educators, businesses, community groups, and concerned individuals to promote a coordinated community response to end domestic violence.

We congratulate the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence on its 30 years of work on behalf of all Marylanders experiencing domestic violence. We applaud Michael Cohen and the staff and volunteers of MNADV and appreciate all their dedicated and ongoing efforts to eradicate this societal scourge!! 

We want to thank the many groups that have visited and/or held events or programs at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center in recent weeks.  These include groups such as the Maryland Multicultural Coalition (the State Chapter of NAME, the National Association for Multicultural Education), the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber's Women In Business group, and My Sister's Place. We've also had the pleasure to speak at various events and co-sponsor upcoming events, many of which are noted in other portions of this e-newsletter, so - read on!!

We appreciate the growing number of organizations and institutions that have become partners with the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. Two of the latest are the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. By working together, we are collectively creating an awareness of the innumerable contributions of Maryland women and inspiring our youth, both female and male, to make their own contributions!

Special thanks to Maryland Life magazine and its wonderful co-publisher and editor-in-chief, Dan Patrell, for initiating what will be an annual August feature in Maryland Life, recognizing ten women each year who have "changed the face of Maryland."  Read this year's article here.

An exciting World Premiere will occur in Cambridge, MD, in mid-November.  A devoted group of Dorchester County residents have formed the Friends of Anna Ella Carroll. We are working with them to observe November 20 as Anna Ella Carroll Appreciation Day, a day filled with events honoring this relatively unknown woman who was a military adviser to President Abraham Lincoln. Join us in Cambridge for all or part of the day to recognize one of Maryland's amazing women, beginning at noon when Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught (ret.) will lay a wreath on the grave of Anna Ella Carroll, as well as throughout the evening where a VIP reception with the filmmaker, actors, biographer and artist will precede the World Premiere of the film about her life, The Lost River. (The reception is at 5 pm and film screening at 7 pm. Click here to purchase tickets.)

We look forward to hearing from you and receiving information about your stories, activities, articles, and artifacts.  As we move toward creating the permanent home for the Maryland Women's Heritage Center we will need your support - philosophical, informational, and financial!! We are always cognizant of our role as a national first and want to reflect and preserve the lives and achievements of Maryland's girls and women.

Enjoy the Fall!

Jill Moss Greenberg

MDCommissionforWomenMaryland Women's Hall of Fame Nominations


Deadline is Friday, October 22!

The Maryland Commission for Women and the Women Legislators of Maryland are seeking recommendations of
outstanding Maryland women for induction into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in March 2011.

Historical and contemporary women are inducted each year. Among those honored are past legislators, political and social activists, scientists, educators, writers and spiritual and community leaders. They represent the
women who have helped shape Maryland, the United States and the world. Their induction into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame enhances the visibility of their contributions to their work, communities, and the status of
women. Maryland continues to flourish because of its strong women.


The Maryland Women's Hall of Fame at last has a home at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.

View the criteria - nomination form (PDF)

View the general rules (PDF)

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 22, 2010. Contact the Maryland Commission for Women at 410-767-3049 if you have any questions.
MDLifeMWHCCelebrating Women Who Changed the Face of Maryland
Join us on Wednesday, October 20, for a special complimentary reception with Maryland Life magazine to honor 10 women who have changed the face of Maryland, as well as outstanding women business leaders.

The event takes place 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Although there is no cost to attend, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center will be collecting donations at the event (suggested donation of $10 per person).

View the invitation and register to attend!

Influential Maryland women to be honored are:

* Carmen Delgado Votaw, National and international leader in civil rights and women's rights, founder of the National Association of Puerto Rican Women

* Nancy S. Grasmick, Maryland's "first lady of education,"
leading Maryland's schools to #1 status in the nation
* Rachel Carson, Zoologist, author and ecologist, considered the Mother of the modern environmental movement

* Jill Moss Greenberg, Leader in civil, women's, disability and human rights and educational equity, founder of the Maryland Women's History Project 

* Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, Visionary and founder of the unique American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM)

* Claire McCardell, Renowned fashion designer and creator of women's sportswear

* Alta Schrock, Pioneer in preserving Mennonite and mountain crafts and culture, founded the Springs Historical Society and the Penn Alps Restaurant and Craft Shop 

* Pauli Murray, Civil rights activist, feminist, lawyer, author, educator, co-founder of NOW, and first African-American female Episcopal priest

* Harriet Ross Tubman, Conductor on the Underground Railroad, known as the Moses of her People
* Elizabeth Ann Seton, First American-born saint 

Also being recognized are exceptional women business leaders, including Agnes Murray, Marlen Ramirez and Silvia Bouchard from Northrop Grumman; Rachel Marriner Mull, Mary Marriner, and Tori Marriner from Victoria Gastro Pub; Patricia Mager of WHBG Certified Public Accountants, and Dana Engle of Re/Max.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served by Morton's The Steakhouse, wines provided by Elk Run Vineyards, and cupcakes available from Caroline's Cakes. Guests also receive a complimentary gift bag courtesy of the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland and Be Lifestyle Medspa.

Check out the July/August 2010 issue of Maryland Life magazine, which featured these "Legendary Ladies: 10 Women who have changed the face of Maryland." 

Ella Shields


Maryland Women We Should  Know

Download the Flier about the event (PDF)

In conjunction with Free Fall Baltimore, which offers free cultural activities city-wide throughout the month of October, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center is presenting the "Maryland Women We Should Know" Living History Series on three select Saturdays this month.


Attendees at each performance get the chance to interact with the performers as they individually portray diverse and extraordinary women of Maryland. In addition, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center continues to offer free admission Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm, and visitors are encouraged to identify Unsung Heroines in their lives to submit them for inclusion in the gallery. Nominations can also be made on our website.


The first event, featuring Margaret Locklear as Harriet Tubman, took place on Saturday, October 9, and included an overflow crowd of diverse people ages 4 to 80! See more information and photos below under "Recent Heritage Happenings."   

RachelCarsonJoin us for the remaining events in this series: 

  • Saturday, October 23, 2 pm
  • Harriet Lynn as Ella Shields, the Baltimore-born vaudeville and British Music Hall legend (pictured above. The film, Victor Victoria, is based on Shields story.)

  • Saturday, October 30, 2 pm
    Kate Campbell Stevenson as Rachel Carson, noted environmentalist and author (pictured left)


    Special thanks to Harriet Lynn for being interviewed on the Fox 45 Morning News on Monday, October 18, about her performance at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center! 

    For questions or more information, visit our website or call 410-767-0675.

    AnnaEllaCarrollAnna Ella Carroll Recognition Day & World Premiere Film Screening of The Lost River

    The Maryland Women's Heritage Center has partnered with the Friends of Anna Ella Carroll for the Anna Ella Carroll Recognition Day and world premiere of the film The Lost River, a newly released film based on the true life story of Anna Ella Carroll, on Saturday, November 20, 2010.

    The event location is The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge on Maryland's Eastern Shore (100 Heron Blvd.). Other events in Cambridge will be conducted throughout the day (click here).


    The film screening of The Lost River takes place at 7 pm, with a special pre-reception at 5 pm, including the film's producer Bruce Bridegroom, Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, President of Military Women in Service and the driving force to build a memorial to women in military service in Arlington Cemetery, and Eastern Shore artist Laura Era, the great grandson of Governor Thomas King Carroll (Anna Ella Carroll's great grand-nephew), Fritz Klein, the actor who played Abraham Lincoln in the film, and Tami Sutton, the actress who played Anna Ella Carroll in the film, as well as other VIPs.

    Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door. To attend both the pre-reception and the film screening, the cost is $35.

    Tickets can be purchased on the Maryland Women's Heritage Center website, or by calling 410-767-0675. Tickets can also be purchased through the Dorchester County Visitors Center (410-228-1000), Troika Gallery (410-770-9190), or the Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce (410-228-3575). Overnight accommodations can be made directly with The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort at 410-901-1234.


    For the Full Event Schedule, click here

    Anna Ella Carroll, a native of the Eastern Shore, served as President Abraham Lincoln's military strategist and adviser. She is credited with helping to prevent Maryland's secession from the Union, however, her involvement in the war was kept a secret from the public and the military for fear that Union generals and soldiers would not follow a plan devised by a woman civilian.

    EmancipationIn fact, the 1864 painting of the First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln by Francis Carpenter (right) depicting Lincoln and his cabinet prominently displays an empty chair filled with notes and maps, similar to the ones Carroll often carried. Many historians now feel it was Carpenter's way of acknowledging Carroll, the unrecognized member of the cabinet. Eastern Shore artist Laura Era is creating a new version of this painting with Anna Ella Carroll in "her" chair. The painting will be unveiled at the reception on Saturday, November 20, at 5 pm.

    Once the Civil War was over, Carroll was largely ignored, until, in 1870, she officially appealed to Congress for both recognition and compensation, which she was finally granted in 1881. Her story became a banner for the women's suffrage movement. To many, she remains an historical symbol of women's contributions and the inequities in their recognition and compensation.

    This event is an important step forward in telling herstory by finally bringing recognition to Anna Ella Carroll and making her fascinating story visible after all of these years!

    Click here for a full bio of Anna Ella Carroll

     docentsVolunteers and Docents Needed

    Docents are needed to staff the Maryland Women's Heritage Center in Baltimore during our 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. Training sessions are held Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 am - noon. Please contact us or Ellie Elgin at 410-767-3045 if you are willing to donate your time! 

    We are also always looking for volunteers to join our committees, help with our programs and events, and other tasks. Contact us if you would like to help!
    SMCBaltimore Social Media Club 

    The Maryland Women's Heritage Center hosts the Baltimore Social Media Club on Tuesday, October 19, 6 - 8 pm. Cost to attend this event is $10.

    Women are the majority of users on many popular social media sites. For women and the companies that engage them, this means opportunity.

    Many companies looking to engage women - whether as consumers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, or employees - have an unprecedented opportunity to do so through social media. For women, social media presents abundant opportunities to lead, effect change, innovate, and build relationships across sectors, locally, nationally, and globally.

    Hear from a panel of regional social media mavens who are forging the way for women on the web.

    Click here for more information and to register.
    SharonPinderTop 100 MBE Awards
    We are proud to support the Top 100 MBE Awards organized by Sharon Pinder, Maryland Women's Heritage Center Board Member, taking place Thursday, October 21.

    The event is 5:30 - 8:30 pm at the UMUC's Marriott Inn and Conference Center in Adelphi.

    The annual awards program honors outstanding women and minority business owners in the mid-Atlantic region (Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia).

    The University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Southwest Airlines, the Maryland Governor's Office of Minority Affairs, greiBo media and CBID are this year's host organizations.

    For more information, click here or call 410-489-7098.

    Click here for a complete list of the Top 100 MBE Winners for 2010 (pdf).

    HarrietTubmanFreedom's Sisters

    The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is a supporter of Freedom's Sisters, a special exhibition at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore.

    From October 23, 2010 - January 17, 2011, the exhibit celebrates 20 extraordinary African American women who fought for freedom and changed the course of history, including Maryland's Harriet Tubman and Frances Watkins Harper.

    Organized around the themes of "Dare to Dream," "Inspire Lives," "Serve the Public," and "Look to the Future," interactive stations and images tell the stories of key 19th-century historical figures to contemporary leaders, who have fought for equality for all Americans. Freedom's Sisters is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.


    A Curator's Talk titled "Freedom Food For Thought" takes place Saturday, October 23, at 3 pm, featuring E. Selean Holmes, curator of Freedom's Sisters, discussing the extraordinary women in this special exhibition. Short film included. Admission is free as part of Free Fall Baltimore!

    voteVote for the MWHC!

    Please vote for the Maryland Women's Heritage Center in Maryland Life magazine's "FreeState's Finest" Readers' Poll.

    Deadline is November 15.

    Log-in online and vote for the Maryland Women's Heritage Center as "Best-Kept Secret." Please encourage others to vote, as well!

    voteGirls Gone Great

    WomanTalk Live, a supporter of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, is currently accepting submissions for the "2011 Girls Gone Great Scholarship Essay Competition" through December 31, 2010.

    Female high school juniors and seniors from throughout Maryland are invited to submit an essay describing how they are making a difference in their community, why making a difference is important to them, and how their actions support their vision for the future.

    The "2011 Girl Gone Great" will win a $2,000 scholarship donated by WCBM-AM and Wealth Advocacy Partners, will be interviewed on WomanTalk Live, and will be featured as an Unsung Heroine at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. For more information about the contest and to submit a "Girl Gone Great," click here.

    Past Girls Gone Great winner:

    2008 - Jessica Cottrell

    2009 - Chen Sheng

    2010 - Aidel Miriam Reach

    Women of Rockville

    "Women Who Dared: A Guide to the Places in Rockville Where Women Dared to Challenge Expectations Both in Society and Themselves" written by Mary A. van Balgooy, Executive Director of Peerless Rockville, is now available.

    This booklet highlights the lives and achievements of six remarkable Rockville women and Rockville sites associated with them. It is a guide to the places in Rockville where "Women Dared to Challenge Expectations both in Society and in Themselves.

    Peerless Rockville is an award-winning nonprofit, community-based organization founded in 1974 to preserve buildings, objects and information important to Rockville's heritage. Peerless Rockville advances its goals through education, example, advocacy, and community involvement.

     WDraperUnsung Heroines

    The Maryland Women's Heritage Center not only highlights the renowned Maryland women and girls, such as those in the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, but the Unsung Heroines in each of our lives.

    The Center has received many submissions of Unsung Heroines, many of which are also on our website.


    We encourage you to tell your stories of your mothers, grandmothers, spouses, partners, daughters, sisters, teachers, nurses, crossing guards, or other girls and women who have played significant roles in your lives, your communities, or your workplaces.

    Unsung Heroines can be nominated for inclusion at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center (39 West Lexington Street, Baltimore) during operating hours or by using our online form.

    Here are a few recent examples:


    Eleanor Mae Case Lott

    Many of us are indebted to the women who came to work in Washington, D.C. during the Great Depression. They went on to be wives of World War II soldiers and mothers of the Baby Boomers. My mother-in-law, Eleanor Mae Case Lott, was one of this vital group of pioneer women in the federal work force and first cohort of suburban moms. They are our unsung heroines.

    Eleanor Mae Case was born in Lawrenceville, IL on August 10, 1917 to a farmer and his wife, Theodore and Lula Case. She was the youngest of their seven children. Her twin sister died at birth. Her family and neighbors spoke about what a high achiever she was. In 1932, Eleanor was the Illinois State champion in typing, representing Bridgeport Township High School. She was awarded the Governor Horner Trophy, a badge of honor, and a trip to the Chicago World's Fair. Eleanor averaged straight A's in elementary and high school, where she graduated at the age of 16 in the Class of 1934. As a sophomore, she led her high school honor roll with a 98% average. She was recipient of the American Legion Auxiliary School Award in Tracy Elementary School as " the girl voted by the student body as standing highest in honesty, cleanliness scholastic standing and loyalty."

    After high school graduation she moved to Washington, D.C. at the invitation of her older sister Cleo, starting as a GS - 1 clerk and rising to a GS 9 administrative assistant during World War II. After the war, she joined her husband, Joseph Henry Lott, Jr. in war-torn Berlin, Germany, where he was part of the U.S. effort to restore Berlin's infrastructure, especially food distribution. Eleanor and Joe returned to the U.S. from Berlin in late 1947 and, like many young couples who married in 1939 then were separated by military service, bought homes in the suburbs and started families.

    In the early 1950's Washington, D.C. suburbs were more rural than urban. For Maylanders, Silver Spring was a small suburban community. Anything beyond University Boulevard and Colesville Road was country roads and farms. Public transportation was nil. If families had cars, there was only one, which dad took to work in the capital. Private telephones were just coming to families. Long distance calls were exorbitant.

    Like her peers, Eleanor had to adapt from an independentprofessional working woman to a wife and mother at home 24 hours a day with young children. Adult company during the day was limited to other moms at home and the milkman who delivered milk, eggs and bread twice a week. She was able to visit her family, still on the farm, once a year.

    Over the decades, quietly and consistently she became the dependable neighbor, church volunteer, and the rock and anchor for her family. Suddenly widowed in 1981 she devoted her remaining years to nurturing her 3 children, their spouses, and especially her 6 grandchildren. She, like many of her cohort, outlived their husbands bravely and graciously facing the autumn of their years without a life partner for decadesand with all the frailties common to aging. After a tough and tenacious battle with various illnesses, Eleanor passed way on October 21, 2004 at the age of 87. She was buried next to her husband in the Lott Family Section of the United Church of Christ, Troutville, MD.

    Submitted by: Juanita Tamayo Lott


    Wanda Draper
    (pictured above)

    For more than 42-years, Mrs. Draper has been the impetus of the broadcasting and print industry.

    Award winning journalist and Baltimore native, Mrs. Draper began her career as a student correspondent at the Baltimore News American in which she was the only woman to work in all male environment.

    Mrs. Draper spent 10 years as a local editor and reporter for the Baltimore Sun. She subsequently worked as an assignment manager and local show host at WJZ-TV, director of public affairs for the governor's office and director of community affairs for the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

    She joined WBAL-TV in 1991 as the public affairs manager and was promoted to public affairs director in 1992. In 1999, she was promoted to executive-in-charge of production.

    She has rendered countless hours of support to thousands of aspiring journalists, public relations representatives, and business associates. She never says no and is always willing to help a person in need get to their next level of success.

    Mrs. Draper helped me when no other person would. I worked for the National Aquarium in Baltimore for over 15 years and decided to pursue my dream of working as broadcaster. After I enrolled at the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland, my assignment was to interview someone at a television station. I chose Wanda Draper at WBAL-TV. She agreed and afterwards, I filled out an application into the Internship Program. I was accepted into the Internship Program in the TV News Department. I interned for about two months and was hired as an Assignment Editor and later promoted to Programming & Public Affairs under Wanda Draper's leadership. I appreciate everything that she has done for me and everyone in the industry.

    Submitted by: Justina Pollard


    Clara Hamilton

    Clara Hamilton was ahead of her time, with her plan for what is now known as the Oak Hill Historic District in Hagerstown, MD. Four Washington County Technical High School students, Hanna Leizear, Heaven Burkhammer, Christine Johnson and Kenise Lewis , turned Clara's idea into the documentary, "Hamilton Plants a Seed: The Garden City Movement of Hagerstown." Their collaborative work won first place for high school documentary - group in the Washington County competition for Maryland History Day and was sent to the Maryland State Women's History Project.

    Submitted by: Rebecca Rush, with the Land and Cultural Preservation Fund


    HTubmanHarriet Tubman Statuary Hall

    The Maryland Women's Heritage Center recently learned of the Harriet Tubman Statuary Hall project to highlight Maryland's Harriet Tubman in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. She would be the first African-American woman in the Hall. 


    Since each statue in National Statuary Hall is the gift of a state, the Maryland State Legislature must pass a resolution expressing its intention to place a statue of Harriet Tubman in the Hall. Maryland's two existing statues are of Charles Carroll, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, and John Hanson, a Maryland merchant and delegate to the Continental Congress.

    There are 100 statues in the U.S. Capitol Building's Statuary Hall, representing great Americans from all 50 states. Only 9 of the statues are of women. None are of African-Americans, therefore, Maryland has the opportunity to become the first state to honor an African-American in National Statuary Hall! 


    Click here for information on how you can help with this effort!

    Thanks to Linda Mahoney, president of Maryland NOW, for alerting us to this important project!  

     Focus on Women  
    "Green Women of Maryland:
    Environmental Movement"

    By Jill Moss Greenberg, MWHC Executive Director

    We are proud to partner with Focus on Women magazine in support of the creation of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, an historic first.
    The Maryland Women's Heritage Center contributes to each issue of Focus on Women magazine with an article on a specific theme featuring the accomplishments and contributions of Maryland women.

    The current issue (September/October) highlights Maryland women and girls in the environmental or "green" movement, including Caitlin Alexandra Dunbar (pictured).

    Caitlin's strong interest in nature and the outdoors throughout her childhood and youth lives on in the Caitlin Dunbar Girl Scout Nature Center established in her name by family, friends, and the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland following her sudden death from leukemia at age 15.

    Click here to download a pdf version of the magazine (article on page 32)

    The Maryland Women's Journals
    "Women Making a Difference"
    By Jill Moss Greenberg, MWHC Executive Director

    We are proud to partner with The Maryland Women's Journals in support of the creation of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, an historic first.
    Diana Bailey
    Each issue of The Maryland Women's Journals includes an article by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center highlighting an Unsung Heroine in Maryland.

    As is included with each article, "The State of Maryland is home to many women 'firsts' and 'founders' who are highlighted and honored at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.

     In addition to the renowned women who are known far beyond our state, there are innumerable women in each of our lives who have sustained our families, taught or volunteered in our schools, worked for social justice and shaped our communities-often behind the scenes, serving anonymously, without recognition and praise. The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is committed to telling and preserving the stories of these unsung heroines and honoring their many contributions."

    The current (October/November) issue of The Maryland Women's Journals highlights Diana M. Bailey (pictured above).

    Download the article (pdf)

    See article below:

    One such woman "Making a Difference" is Diana M. Bailey of Columbia, Md.

    She has more than 30 years experience as an educator in Howard County and administrator with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Currently, she works in the Division of Career & College Readiness to provide career development, workforce development, and transitional skills focused on youth in the juvenile justice system, returning to their schools, communities and employment.

    An advocate for underrepresented populations in educational programs and the workforce, Diana Bailey has facilitated creative partnerships to better address the needs of employment readiness and re-entry programs.

    In addition to her work at MSDE, she has served on the Maryland Commission for Women, as an advisory board member of the Howard County Women's Giving Circle, and a board member of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, among others.

    Because of her work as an educator, as well as her community involvement, she noticed that although there was an interest on the national and state levels to encourage girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), there was a lack of emphasis locally on STEM career services and career development for girls. She saw the importance of encouraging girls, especially those in their middle and high school years, to become interested in these types of careers, fields where they would have many opportunities.

    She approached the Howard County Women's Giving Circle, where she was a member of the board, and they provided some funding to begin the first "Girl Power" STEM Career Expo in Howard County in 2008. The STEM Career Expo supplied hands-on activities to get girls excited about careers in all of the STEM career areas. Additional funds were awarded by the Maryland Space Business Roundtable.

    The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory also became one of the primary partners of this event and, in addition to others (including the Maryland Women's Heritage Center), who came out to share their passion of science at the first Expo on a Sunday afternoon in February 2008. More than 300 girls were in attendance. Each year since, not only has professional participation increased, but the number in attendance has risen as more and more girls are inspired to consider these important fields.

    Now in its fourth year, the STEM Expo continues to help empower girls to believe that science-based careers are within their reach. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is taking the lead for this year's event with continued support from the Howard County Women's Giving Circle. However, additional partners are needed! Please become involved! Reach out to Diana Bailey at the Maryland State Department of Education at 410-767-0531 or if you are interested!

    With women having been underrepresented in STEM and other higher salary careers throughout the years, it is important that girls are encouraged to pursue their interests. Diana believes that "with access people get to fly!"

    For more information about the Maryland Women's Heritage Center or to become involved with the Center, visit our website at, call 410-767-0675, or e-mail

    The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is located at 39 West Lexington Street in Baltimore. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free.
    Recent Heritage Happenings
    *Women's Equality Day
    Thursday, August 26, 2010
    Maryland Women's Heritage Center, Baltimore

    e Maryland Women's Heritage Center celebrated Women's Equality Day and the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the Woman Suffrage Amendment with a special open house, along with a screening of the film, Votes for Women.

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    *The Power Conference: Women Doing Business!
    Wednesday, September 1, 2010
    Bethesda Marriott Conference Center, Bethesda

    e Maryland Women's Heritage Center was a supporter of this joint event presented by the Women's Business Consortium and several women business organizations of the Washington metro area. The conference addressed hot topics in business and featured over 18 breakout sessions, a large exposition area, a "meet the vendors" one-on-one dedicated area, and a luncheon meeting.

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    *AAUW STEM Conference
    Saturday, September 25, 2010
    Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold

    AAUW fall conference hosted by the Anne Arundel branch focused on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Linda Shevitz, Executive Board Member and Program Chair, and Diana Bailey, Program Committee Member, both presented at the Conference on behalf of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. Linda talked about "Explorations and Discoveries: Maryland Women in Science and Technology." Diana's presentation focused on Equitable Career Development.

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    *Maryland Women We Should Know: Harriet Tubman
    Saturday, October 9, 2010
    Maryland Women's Heritage Center, Baltimore

    Part of Free Fall Baltimore, a month-long, citywide occasion offering free performances, events, workshops, and exhibits, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center hosted a Living History Series. This specific performance featured Margaret Locklear as Harriet Tubman.

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    *Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber Women in Business Breakfast
    Wednesday, October 13, 2010
    Maryland Women's Heritage Center, Baltimore

    Women in Business Breakfast was hosted by the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber. Jill Moss Greenberg, Executive Director, spoke to the group about the importance of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center as the first comprehensive state based center and museum of its kind in the nation devoted to recognizing, respecting and transmitting the experiences and contributions of Maryland women and girls of diverse backgrounds and regions.
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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
    Phone: 410-767-0675

    We are proud to partner with the following organizations that support the creation of this historic first:
    MDCommissionforWomen    MSDE    MSEA
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    Women Journal Southern Maryland
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