Howard County Commission For Women

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 

22nd annual Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame to Induct Three Outstanding Women

2018 Women's Hall of Fame Inductees, pictured, from left, Patricia Emard Greenwald, Debra Ann Slack Katz and Joan Webb Scornaienchi

Congratulations to the following three Howard County women, who will be inducted into the 2018 Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame: pictured above from left, Patricia Emard Greenwald; Debra Ann Slack Katz; and Joan Webb Scornaienchi. The Howard County Commission for Women will host the Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The event is free and open to the public. View the 2018 WHOF invitation



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 meetings were 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).