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 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 


NEWS & Upcoming Events

So She Did program flierAs women across the nation are breaking barriers and making history, we're excited to present the results of the 'So She Did' campaign - an initiative designed to recognize greatness throughout our county. In lieu of our annual Women’s Hall of Fame, which reached its conclusion with the 40th anniversary of the Commission for Women in 2020, this campaign will expand our goal of building political, social, and economic equality for all residents. This month, during National Women's History Month, the commission will profile women who are promoting positive change through their professional work, volunteerism, or advocacy efforts in Howard County. View the profiles on the commission's Facebook page.



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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RT9RHCP. Thank you for your continuing support of the Commission!

During the current pandemic, meetings are held virtually via WebEx; meeting time 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.


NEXT MEETING:  Tuesday, March 9, 6:00 p.m. (via Webex)

Join from the meeting link:
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Meeting number (access code): 180 969 4014
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Meetings are held virtually via Webex until further notice.



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:

  • Rhonda Jones, Chair
  • Jessica Epps, Vice Chair
  • Judy Zhou, Student Commissioner
  • Diane Paulus, Recording Secretary
  • Mae Beale
  • Meg Boyd
  • Farida Guzdar
  • Kashonna Holland
  • Maxine F. Kellman-Allen
  • Phyllis S. Zolotorow
  • Stephanie Adibe, Executive Secretary

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Commission, contact Stephanie Adibe, Executive Secretary, at sadibe@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-6400 (voice/relay). 


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Contact us:

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