Howard County Commission For Women

Howard County Commission for Women seeks nominations for 2019 Women’s Hall of Fame

The nominations period for the 2019 Women's Hall of Fame (WHOF) has ended! All completed nomination packets which were received by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 4, 2019 are now being reviewed. The Howard County Commission for Women will select and induct up to five notable women into the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies on March 28, 2019. 


2019 Women's History Month Student Essay Contest

As part of the Women's Hall of Fame induction and to mark Women's History Month, the Commission for Women also sponsors an essay contest for Howard County students in grades 6 through twelve. One middle school and one high school winner will be selected; each will receive a $200 gift card at the Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on March 28, 2019.  The 2019 Women’s History Month essay contest theme is: "VISIONARY WOMEN: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence,” which recognizes that, for generations, women have resolved conflicts in their homes, schools and communities. Howard County students who live in Howard County and attend public or private school, or are-home-schooled, are eligible. View the essay contest flier and download the essay contest rules. All entries must be received no later than 5:00 pm, Tuesday, January 29, 2019.


County seeks members to serve on the Commission for Women
Howard County is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Commission for Women. The new Board member will serve the remainder of a five-year term, set to expire November 3, 2022.

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 



The Commission meets on the second Tuesday of most months at 7:00 pm 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
  • Allison Eatough, Recording Secretary
  • Jessica Epps
  • Alice S. Giles
  • Joyce Kim
  • Neveen Kurtom
  • Diane Paulus
  • Shaharbano (Bano) Rizvi
  • Lanlan Xu
  • 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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Contact us:

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