|Maryland Women's Heritage Center ||Volume 3, Issue 3
"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"
- Maya Angelou, Renowned Poet and Author
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Maryland Women's Heritage Center
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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
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 Chair and Senior Equity Specialist, Maryland State Department of Education
Susan Morris Shaffer, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
Mark L. Shaffer, Counsel and Site Selection Chair
Charles Edward Senseney, Accountant
Susan Elgin, Chair, Maryland Commission for Women
Susan Lee, Chair, Women Legislators of Maryland
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
Nancy Lindberg Sloane
Carolyn B. Stegman
Carmen Delgado Votaw
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.
Letter from the President
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center had a very busy March celebrating National Women's History Month. We enthusiastically participated in a number of events both at the Center and in partnership with other organizations throughout the community, most of which are highlighted in this newsletter.
Moving into spring, we have much to look forward to and hope to see both some new faces and long-time friends, either visiting The Maryland Women's Heritage Center or attending our many interesting upcoming events. Be sure to check out the "events calendar" on our website to discover the activities of interest to women and girls occurring throughout the State of Maryland.
One of the special holidays we look forward to during spring is Mother's Day, which falls on May 8th this year. Curiously, very few of us know how this annual celebration began. Do you? For those who do not or as a refresher, in 1858, Anna Jarvis organized "Mother's Work Days" to improve sanitation and avert deaths from disease-bearing insects and polluted water seepage. When she died in 1905, her daughter sought to memorialize her mother's lifelong activism and began a campaign that culminated in 1914 when Congress passed a Mother's Day resolution, which was the first official recognition of mothers and their contributions.
This year, why not celebrate Mother's Day by nominating your mother, grandmother, daughter, or other important woman in your life as an "Unsung Heroine" through The Maryland Women's Heritage Center? Honor your Unsung Heroine by mailing, emailing, faxing, or dropping off information about the woman/women who have made a difference in your life. The nomination form also is available on MWHC's website. Information about your Unsung Heroine will become part of the Center's archives and also will be recorded on our website! Additionally, we encourage you to make a donation to the Heritage Center in honor of someone special for Mother's Day ($25 minimum donations accepted). In exchange, we will send a lovely card to the honoree letting them know about your thoughtful contribution.
We also are excited to partner with Maryland Life Magazine again this year to recognize 10 women who have helped to change the face of Maryland. Earlier this week, an all-female panel met with Maryland Life at The Maryland Women's Heritage Center to select the 2011 honorees. The selection process was both inspiring and challenging because so many Maryland women have made enduring contributions to our state. These 10 Legendary Ladies will be featured in the July/August 2011 issue of Maryland Life, and we encourage you to check it out!
Remember to celebrate Mother Nature as well and please let us hear from you.
Frances Hughes Glendening, President
Congratulations to the New Maryland Women Hall of Fame Inductees
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center congratulates the six accomplished women recently inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. Since 1985, the Maryland Commission for Women and the Women Legislators of Maryland annually honor Maryland women by inducting them into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, which is housed at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.
The Maryland Women's Hall of Fame celebrates Maryland women who have made unique andlasting contributions to the economic, political, cultural and social life of the state, and provides visible models of achievement for tomorrow's female leaders. The 2011 honorees include:
Lucy Diggs Slowe lived in Baltimore and graduated second in her class in 1904 from the Baltimore Colored School. She is credited for many "firsts" during her lifetime. She was the first Dean of Women at Howard University and a founding member of the first sorority founded by African-American women, Alpha Kappa Alpha. She was also the first African-American woman to win a major sports title when she won the American Tennis Association's first tournament in 1917.
Carol W. Greider, Ph.D. is one of the world's pioneering researchers on the structure of chromosome ends known as telomeres. She received the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine along with colleagues Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak. (Greider and Blackburn were the first women to simultaneously win the prize in medicine.)
Barbara Holdridge is co-founder of Caedmon Records, the pioneer in spoken-word recordings (now part of HarperCollins Publishers). She also founded Stemmer House Publishers in 1975, the first general book publishing company in Maryland. In addition, Barbara is the recognized co-discoverer and researcher with her late husband of the 19th century American portrait painter Ammi Phillips. She has owned Stemmer House, a Georgian brick mansion in Owings Mills, Md., for 38 years.
Dr. Ligia Peralta, who has successfully combined her roles as pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, professor, researcher, and patient and community advocate, is honored for her pioneer and indefatigable work to fight the HIV epidemic among young people in Maryland and throughout the world.
Gertrude L. Poe, also known as Maryland's First Lady of Journalism, served as editor of The News Leader, a weekly newspaper in Laurel, Md., for 41 years. In 1958, she became the first woman elected to head the Maryland Press Association and was reported to be the first woman in the United States to head an organized press group.
June A. Willenz of Bethesda, Md., is a global human rights advocate. She served as executive director of the American Veterans Committee (AVC) for 40 years. She was the first woman to head the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Task Force on Military/Veterans Affairs and to chair a Presidential Subcommittee on Disabled Veterans.
Spirited Woman of Baltimore Awards
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is once again proud to support the Spirited Woman of Baltimore Awards, which benefits the American Red Cross of Central Maryland and honors three Spirited Women of Baltimore, in various walks of life, based on their career and personal successes.
Through July 1, 2011, nominations will be accepted for awards that will recognize a Spirited Woman Rising (an up and coming, young leader), Spirited Woman in Balance (a working mother) and lastly, the Spirited Woman of Baltimore (an accomplished leader).
The winners will be announced at the awards luncheon on Wednesday, August 17, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Morton's The Steakhouse in Baltimore located at 300 S. Charles Street. Tickets are $50 per person if purchased by August 10 and $60 per person if purchased after August 10 or at the door.
Download the nomination form here. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.MyCity4Her.com, call 410-327-9090, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Nomination forms are also available at Morton's The Steakhouse located at 300 S. Charles Street in Baltimore.
|Explorations and Discoveries: Maryland Women in STEM
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is currently developing a new timeline exhibit to be displayed at the center beginning in the summer of 2011 called "Explorations and Discoveries: Maryland Women in STEM." This exhibit is focused on Maryland women involved in science, technology, engineering, and math. Some of the many notable women who will be honored and whose contributions will be featured on the new Heritage Center Timeline include:
Jean Bartik - first person to program the new machine, the large ENIAC computer (in the 1940s)
Rachel Carson - considered the founder of the environmentalist movement
Eugenie Clark - Marine biologist and international expert on sharks and poisonous fish
Rita Colwell - first woman director of the National Science Foundation and international leader in addressing the spread of infectious diseases
Astronauts Judith Resnick and Mary Cleave -two of the first six women in the U.S. to fly in space
Grace Hopper - one of the first women Navy admirals and developer of COBOL computer language
Frances Oldham Kelsey - physician and pharmacologist who identified the dangers of Thalidomide
Antonia Novello - first woman and first Hispanic to serve as Surgeon General of the U.S.
Ellen Silbergeld - toxicologist primarily responsible for having lead removed from gasoline
Helen Brooke Taussig - co-developer of the "Blue Baby" open heart surgery
N. Louise Young - first African American women to practice medicine in Maryland as an M.D.
For more information about the Timeline, or to learn how you might be able to contribute to the project, contact Program Chair, Linda Shevitz, firstname.lastname@example.org or (410) 767-0428.
|Special Congratulations |
Maryland Women's Heritage Center board member Sue Fryer Ward was chosen for The Daily Record's Influential Marylanders award in the Civic Leadership category for 2011. Created in 2006, the Influential Marylanders award honors people who have made significant impacts in their field and continue to be leaders in Maryland. Congratulations, Sue!
Sue Ward was the Maryland Secretary of Aging during the Glendening Administration. She served as the Director for the Department of Aging in Prince George's County for nearly 10 years, as well as the Director of the Department of Family Services within Prince George's County. She currently works at the national level, serving as Director of Grassroots at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
Her compassion and desire to better the quality of life for others has led her to become actively involved in many organizations and councils throughout the State of Maryland. Her commitments include the Governor's Executive Council, Domiciliary Care Facilities Board, Task Force on Personal Care, Interagency Committee on Aging Services, Task Force on Quality of Care in Nursing Facilities, Subcabinet for Children, Youth, and Families, Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes, Innovations in Aging Services Advisory Council and the Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Warm Wishes to Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick, the nation's longest-serving appointed state superintendent, recently announced that she is retiring June 30 after two decades in that position. She is Maryland's first female state superintendent of schools and her tireless advocacy for all students has resulted in Maryland's recognition as #1 in the nation for the past three years!
Dr. Grasmick's career in education began as a teacher of deaf children at the William S. Baer School in Baltimore City. She subsequently served as a classroom and resource teacher, principal, supervisor, assistant superintendent, and associate superintendent in the Baltimore County Public Schools.
In 1989, she was appointed Special Secretary for Children, Youth, and Families and, in 1991, the Maryland State Board of Education appointed her State Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Grasmick was the first person in Maryland history to serve simultaneously as Secretary for two different spheres. She serves on numerous boards, including the Executive Board of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. In 2004, Dr. Grasmick was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame.
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center congratulates Dr. Grasmick and thanks her for her outstanding leadership in education and with our Center. We look forward to continued collaboration with her as she pursues her future endeavors!
Farm Bureau to Host National Women's Leadership Conference in Baltimore
From April 15-19, more than 600 Farm Bureau women will gather in Baltimore for the Farm Bureau National Women's Leadership Conference. One of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center's partners, Irene Harper of Friends of Anna Ella Carroll, is closely involved in the event as she serves on the Maryland Farm Bureau Women's Committee. The conference provides an opportunity for women to develop and refine valuable leadership skills which can be used to advance local and state programs. In addition, event participants will enjoy the camaraderie and unique opportunity to network with other women who are involved in agriculture throughout the United States and visit numerous historic sites in Maryland.
She Matters Girls' Empowerment Conference
On Saturday, May 14th at the 4H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md., the Maryland Women's Heritage Center will be exhibiting at the She Matters Girls' Empowerment Conference.
The mission of the conference is to empower every girl to embrace life, pursue her dreams and fulfill her destiny. The conference looks to enlighten, empower and educate through workshops, vendor/exhibitors, performances and a day full of networking and fun.
The cost is $30 per person and is open to girls ages 9-17, along with their parents, friends, teachers, coaches, mentors, etc. For further information please visit: http://www.shematterstoo.com
|Dress for Success Power Walk
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is a promotional sponsor of Baltimore's 1st Annual Dress for Success Power Walk. The event takes place Saturday, May 7th at Lake Montebello Park. Registration opens at 8:30 am and the walk will begin at 10:00 am, rain or shine. This 5K (3.1 miles) fun walk supports the career development and employment retention programs of Dress for Success Baltimore.
Click here to register as an individual or part of a team. For more information please email DFSBPowerwalk@gmail.com.
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center proudly supports this year's Women Spanning the Globe event sponsored by the World Trade Center Institute and Jhpiego. This 5th annual event will celebrate women's global achievements and provide the latest insight from successful women of our region! The event will be held at the Visionary Arts Museum on Wednesday, June 1 from 9:15 am - 3:30 pm. Get the latest global insights from high profile women in leadership positions at the World Trade Center Institute's 5th Annual Women Spanning the Globe event. Cost: $90 Early bird, $125 if purchased after May 1, 2011.
|Baltimore Women's Classic 5K |
The Baltimore Women's Classic 5K is the only female-only race in Baltimore and the second oldest women-only race in the U.S. The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is honored to again co-sponsor the event which kicks off on Sunday, June 26th at Rash Field located on Key Highway in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The race entry fee is $30, and the Kids Run entry fee is $10 through June 1; $15 thereafter. Team entries must be received by Friday, June 17.
Proceeds raised provide vital fundraising support to women undergoing gynecologic cancer treatments. After the race, enjoy a post-race Festival Village, which will feature exhibits that cater to a variety of women's interests. For more information, visit www.baltimorewomensclassic.com.
WOW: Woman of Wonder Spotlight
By Carolyn Stegman, Ed.D.
Each edition of the newsletter will feature a Maryland Woman of Wonder. This spotlight is on Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (photo below.)
In March 2011, coinciding with Women's History Month, it was announced that Maryland's United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and Maryland's Billie Holiday were selected for induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, New York), which honors great women of today and yesterday. With this distinguished tribute, Senator Mikulski will join previously inducted Maryland women of international stature, including Rachel Carson, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Rita Colwell, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Henrietta Szold, and Helen Taussig.
As a young social worker, she was inspired by the words of John F. Kennedy: "I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, and human liberty as the source of national action." Translating those words into action, Mikulski's first political battle in the late 1960s successfully worked to save Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood, which was scheduled to be destroyed to facilitate a proposed 16-lane highway. Shortly thereafter, she decided that she would be more effective inside City Hall, so she ran for Baltimore City Council and was elected.
Mikulski came from modest roots and strong values. She grew up in historic and ethnically rich East Baltimore, where her parents ran a neighborhood grocery store. What she learned at home and in that neighborhood-values of family, faith, and community-have guided her throughout her professional life. Even as a child, Mikulski served people in her community by delivering groceries to local senior citizens who could not make it to the store. This interest in community service strengthened as she grew older, and instilled a firm dedication to citizenship and her nation.
With a vision and unfaltering self-confidence, she followed her heart and plunged headlong into politics. In 1976, she won her election to the United States House of Representatives.Ten years later, she moved to the Senate, becoming the first Democratic woman elected to both the House and the Senate, and the first Democratic woman to hold a Senate seat by being elected in her own right, instead of inheriting it from a deceased husband.
Now a leader in the Senate, Mikulski is the Dean of Women-serving as a mentor to other women Senators when they first take office. As the dean, she builds coalitions-proving that the Senate women are not solo acts, but work together to get things done. In the 1980s, she was instrumental in establishing National Women's History Month. In 2010, Mikulski became the longest serving female Senator in U.S. History.
Mikulski's experiences as a social worker and activist provided valuable lessons that she draws on as a Senator. She believes her constituents have a right to know, a right to be heard, and a right to be represented. She lessons to her constituents and makes the personal, political. In doing this, Mikulski has put her values into action to make a difference in people's lives on all fronts: education, jobs, health care, women, minorities, and veterans. She tells her fellow Democrats that their four priorities should be creating jobs, providing job training, keeping people safe, and offering all citizens a level playing field.
Mikulski is committed to a safer, stronger and smarter Maryland and nation...and she has served the people by doing more than just promising. She delivers.
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski is a member of the Honorary Board of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.
This article was written by Carolyn Stegman, author of "Women of Achievement in Maryland History." It includes excerpts from the book and from Senator Mikulski's official biography.
We Need Your Support!
Support the important work of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center by making a donation! Your financial contribution will help honor, preserve, and transmit the stories of women and girls in your life, your community, and in the history of our state. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation today!
Heritage Hero/Heroine $5,000
Heritage Champion $1,500
Heritage Leader $500
Heritage Sustainer $250
Heritage Preserver $150
Heritage Supporter $75
Opportunities are available for significant sponsorship and naming of programs and components of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. For information about these enduring opportunities, contact Audrey Scott, Development Co-Chair, at 410- 304-2051.
|Recent Heritage Happenings
|MSEA Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Breakfast & Minority Recognition Awards
January 15, 2011 Martin's Crosswinds, Greenbelt
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center was involved in the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Breakfast & Minority Recognition Awards program. This year's event also highlighted the Freedom's Sisters exhibition supported by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
National Book Launch Event with Jerdine Nolen
January 22, 2011 Maryland Women's Heritage Center, Baltimore
Award-winning local children's author Jerdine Nolen of Ellicott City, Md., visited the Maryland Women's Heritage Center to celebrate the launch of her newest book and first novel, "Eliza's Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary." The event was co-sponsored by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, and WomanTalk Live. Geared towards readers ages 8 - 12 years old, "Eliza's Freedom Road" is historical fiction written in a diary format telling the story of a 12-year-old slave girl named Eliza and her journey to freedom.
Women's Legislative Briefing January 30, 2011
University of Maryland, Shady Grove Campus
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center co-sponsored the 31st annual Women's Legislative Briefing, coordinated by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. More than 500 people attended to hear a distinguished group of experts discuss important legislative initiatives affecting women and families and participate in workshops on significant legislative topics before the Maryland General Assembly and the U.S. Congress.
MWHC at the Lady Terps Game February 6, 2011
University of Maryland, College Park The University of Maryland Women's Basketball Team hosted the Maryland Women's Heritage Center on Sunday, February 6, as the Lady Terps played NC State at the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Lady Terps claimed victory over NC State, 88 to 59. Information about the Maryland Women's Heritage Center was included on in-game announcements and there was a display in the Concourse with information and literature about the Center.
Celebrate Women's HistoryMarch 4, 2011
National Aquarium in Baltimore
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center exhibited at a Women's History Month celebration at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. For the second year in a row, Linda Linzey represented the Center at this special day and responded to numerous interested inquiries.
Girl Power! Reach for the Sky Sunday, March 6, 2011
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel
The Girl Power event encouraged girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and featured hands-on activities, demonstrations, displays, and career representatives from a variety of STEM industries. The Maryland Women's Heritage Center was an official supporter of the event which was presented by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, Maryland Space Business Roundtable, and Multinational Development of Women in Technology (MDWIT).
"Women's Art, Women's Vision" Reception
March 8, 2011
World Trade Center Institute, Baltimore
For Women's History Month, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, in conjunction with Maryland AARP highlighted Maryland women artists with an art exhibition "Women's Art, Women's Vision: Over 50 & Fabulous" on display at the World Trade Center through Friday, April 1, 2011. A reception was held on March 8th to celebrate the exhibit's opening with the artists. Coordinated by Ellie Elgin of the Maryland Commission for Women, "Women's Art, Women's Vision: Over 50 & Fabulous" showcases artwork by Maryland women artists over the age of 50. The youngest artist turned 50 a few months ago and the oldest artist is over 90 years of age! All artwork in the exhibition was for sale and proceeds benefitted the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. Among the artists exhibiting were Janet Freedman, Loretto Gubernatis, and Stephanie Hopkins of Baltimore; Wilhelmina Burress, of Prince George's County, Eileen Williams of Columbia, Diane Wieder of Ellicott City.; and Ellie Tryon of Bel Air, Md.
Girl Scouts Women's Leadership Forum
March 9, 2011
Maryland Women's Heritage Center, Baltimore
Four local authors shared the stories behind their books at Girl Scouts of Central Maryland's 5th annual Women's Leadership Forum held at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. Themed after Girl Scouts new Journey handbook series, "It's Your Story -Tell It," each author shared how they developed the stories they were compelled to write. A highlight of this Girl Scouts Leadership Forum was the opportunity for students to interact one-on-one with each author and for young and old alike to query and learn.This leadership event was co-sponsored by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, the Junior League of Baltimore and Mercy High School.
Maryland Women's Hall of Fame Ceremony
March 29, 2011
Miller Senate Office Building II, Annapolis
Established by the Maryland Commission for Women and the Women Legislators of Maryland in 1985, this annual event honored the 2011 inductees of the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. The Maryland Women's Hall of Fame celebrates 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 is housed at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.
|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.
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