Welcome to the official web site of the Maryland Commission for Women. The Commission was established by the Maryland Legislature in 1971 with the mission of promoting the social, political and economic equality of Maryland women.
The Maryland Commission for Women advises government, advances solutions, and serves as a statewide resource to expand social, political and economic opportunities for all women.
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2016 Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame/Women of Tomorrow Ceremony
On April 7, 2016, the Maryland Commission for Women and the Women Legislators of the Maryland General Assembly inducted six women into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Annapolis. In addition, five middle and high school students were presented with the Women of Tomorrow award. A crowd of over 200 attended the ceremony.
The Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1985 as a joint initiative of the Commission for Women and the Women Legislators to recognize and to honor Maryland women whose accomplishments are of historic significance to the state and to provide an archive of their biographies.
Since 1985, more than 165 Maryland women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame including Rachel Carson, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Billie Holiday, Henrietta Lacks and Former Congresswoman Connie Morella. The biographies of all the inductees are posted on the website of the Maryland State Archives. A physical exhibit of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame is on display at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center in Baltimore.
This year, the six honorees are:
- Dr. Sophia Arabatzis Balis, Pediatric Dentistry Pioneer
- Oretha Bridgwaters-Simms, Educator and Trailblazer
- Mary C. Goodwillie, Community Activist and Founder of the Junior League of Baltimore – Posthumous
- Elaine Danforth Harmon, WWI Pilot, WASP – Posthumous
- Joanne Katz, Sc.D., Epidemiologist
- Lizette Woodworth Reese, World Renowned Poet – Posthumous
The Women of Tomorrow Award was established by the Commission for Women in 1997 to recognize and honor extraordinary young women who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership, community service and academic excellence. Nominations are received from educators, civic, community and religious leaders across the state. This year, 67 students representing 19 of Maryland’s counties and 57 different schools were nominated. From that pool of outstanding students, five honorees were selected:
- Sofia Corona, 8th Grade, Oklahoma Road Middle School, Carroll County
- Simone Gaines, 7th Grade, George Fox Middle School, Anne Arundel County
- Megan Hannegan, 11th Grade, North Caroline High School, Caroline County
- Bela Pandya, 12th Grade, Northeast High School, Anne Arundel County
- Hanna Taylor, 12th Grade, Tuscarora High School, Frederick County
The Induction Ceremony was held in the Miller Senate Office Building. Annapolis Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Commissioner A. Diane Williams chaired the 2016 Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. Commissioners Wandra Ashley-Williams and Lorna Forde co-chaired the 2016 Maryland Women of Tomorrow Awards.
For more information about the Commission for Women, the event and the honorees, visit the website of the Maryland Commission for Women at www.marylandwomen.org or call 301-610-4523.
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