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 

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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 Thank you for your continuing support of the Commission!
23rd Annual Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame Welcomes Three Outstanding Women
Photo of the three inductees to the 2019 Howard County Women's Hall of Fame

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Commission for Women have announced the 2019 inductees for the County's Women's Hall of Fame. This year, the Commission inducted three outstanding women, including Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Georgia Eacker and Cathy Hudson, pictured above, from left to right. Read more about the inductees...



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
  • Farida Guzdar
  • Dr. Rhonda Jones
  • Maxine F. Kellman-Allen
  • Joyce Kim
  • 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 or 410-313-6400 (voice/relay). 


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