Howard County Commission For Women

Enter the 2017 Women's History Month Student Essay Contest

Submission Deadline extended to February 3, 2017

2017 Student Essay Contest Flier

The Howard County Commission for Women announces the 2017 Women’s History Month Student Essay Contest. The 2017 theme, “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” commemorates women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Essays must be received in the office of the Department of Community Resources and Services by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 3, 2017. To enter, download the 2017 student essay contest flier and the contest rules


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. 



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:

  • Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Chair
  • Suellen Seigel, Vice Chair
  • Jacqueline R. Scott, Executive Secretary
  • Nina Basu
  • Alice S. Giles, Secretary
  • Joyce Kim
  • Mary Jo Neil
  • Shaharbano Rizvi
  • Cindi R. Rubin
  • Megha Sharma (Student member)
  • Lanlan Xu

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Commission, please contact Jackie Scott, Executive Secretary, at

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Contact us:

To contact the Commission, email or call 410-313-6400 (voice/relay)