Women's Hal of Fame Inductees


24th Annual Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame to Induct Five New Members
While the ceremony is cancelled, the celebration goes on!

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Commission for Women have announced five new inductees into the County’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

Barbara Allen, Evelyn Darden, Lori Fuchs, Terri Hill and Tracey Williams were selected from a pool of community-based philanthropists, volunteers and advocates with a record of enduring support for the social, cultural, economic or political well-being of the community, state or nation, and particularly for women and girls. 

“These five dynamic women have made meaningful impacts on our county, and it is quite fitting for them to be honored by the Commission for Women in the Hall of Fame,” said Ball. “Our communities are more empowered because of their dedicated service to others and I am grateful for their contributions to Howard County."

Due to the current restrictions on large events in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Women’s Hall of Fame ceremony, previously scheduled for Thursday, March 26 has been cancelled. Visit our Facebook page over the next two weeks as we highlight the lives and achievements of these five local women. 

Read more about these extraordinary women...


Meet the winners of the 2020 National Women's History Month student essay contest - and read their thoughtful essays!

The essay contest was open to all Howard County high school and middle school students, including public, private or home-schooled students. The 2020 theme, “Valiant Women of the Vote” celebrates both the women who fought for a woman’s right to vote in the United States, and the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Congratulations to the essay contest winners; click on their names, below, to read their thoughtful submissions. 

High School Contest Winners:
Middle School Contest Winners:
Howard County Commission For Women

The Howard County Commission for Women was established by statute in 1980 to promote the economic, social and political equality of women. The Commission has the authority to conduct studies, review progress, recommend action, and carry out activities to support this purpose. This may include:

  • Collecting, analyzing and disseminating information to assist in changing attitudes and eliminating discriminatory behavior
  • Studying conditions which demonstrate inequalities and unmet needs concerning women, issuing position papers, and recommending procedures or legislation to remedy them
  • Stimulating efforts to expand educational and employment opportunities for women
  • Promoting recognition of women’s accomplishments
  • Publicizing activities and services of interest to women 


NEWS & Upcoming Events

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The Commission for Women would like to hear more about the issues that are important to you! Please take a moment to complete our brief survey to share your thoughts at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RT9RHCP. Thank you for your continuing support of the Commission!



The Commission meets on the second Tuesday of most months at 7:00 p.m. at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 .  Meeting time and place is subject to change; please call 410-313-6400 to verify. All meetings of Howard County boards and commissions are open to the public, except under those circumstances in which a closed meeting is permitted by law. NOTE: If you need accommodations to participate in these meetings, please call 410-313-6400 (voice/relay) at least seven days in advance. 




The Commission is comprised of twelve members, including one high school student, who are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Current members are:

  • Kashonna Holland, Chair
  • Meg Boyd, Vice Chair
  • Judy Zhou, Student Commissioner
  • Jessica Epps, Recording Secretary
  • Mae Beale
  • Farida Guzdar
  • Dr. Rhonda Jones
  • Maxine F. Kellman-Allen
  • Diane Paulus
  • Lanlan Xu
  • Phyllis S. Zolotorow
  • Cheryl Mattis, Executive Secretary

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Commission, contact Cheryl Mattis, Executive Secretary, at cmattis@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-6400 (voice/relay). 


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Contact us:

To contact the Howard County Commission for Women, email women@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-6400 (voice/relay).