Howard County Commission For Women

NEW! The Commission for Women announces the 2018 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST! The essay contest is open to all Howard County middle and high school students; completed essays must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018. The 2018 theme is "NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women" which recognizes the forms of discrimination women have faced throughout American history and celebrates women who have fought discrimination at all levels and in all forms. For full details, download the 2018 Essay Contest Flier and Essay Contest rules


County Executive Kittleman seeks members for Howard County’s Commission for Women

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Commission for Women. Two of the three new Board members will serve the remainder of five-year terms, both set to expire November 3, 2018. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 10. Read more...


Meet the 2017 Women's Hall of Fame Inductees 

Photo of the five women to be inducted into the HOward County 2017 Women's Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the following five Howard County women, who were inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame in March: pictured above from left, Mary Catherine Cochran; Stacie Hunt; Sandy Harriman; Abbie Diane Martin; and Peggy Schultz.  Here is more information about the achievements of each of these outstanding women. For more information about these outstanding women and their contributions to Howard County, view the event programView the complete list of all members of the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame.

About the 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 on 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 



The Commission meets on the second Tuesday of most months at 7:00 pm in the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway 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. 


(Note, no meeting was held in March, April or September 2017)


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:

  • Neveen Kurtom, Chair
  • Jessica Epps, Vice-Chair
  • Nina Basu
  • Miriam Bennett
  • Alice S. Giles
  • Joyce Kim
  • Shaharbano (Bano) Rizvi
  • Jackie Scott, Executive Secretary
  • Suellen Seigel
  • Megha Sharma, Student Commissioner
  • Lanlan Xu

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Commission, please contact Jackie Scott, Executive Secretary, at or 410-313-6400 (voice/relay). 


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Contact us:

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