This year marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, and although significant progress has been made in ensuring women's voices are heard, there is still work to do. If you are interested in promoting the economic, social and political equality of women and playing an active role in blazing new trails for women in Howard County, apply today for Howard County’s Commission for Women. The Commission is currently looking to fill three vacant positions – two general members and one student member. For eligibility requirements and details on how to apply, click HERE. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 28.
In March 2020, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Commission for Women 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 restrictions on large events in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the live Women’s Hall of Fame ceremony was cancelled.
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.