August 7, 2020

Media Contacts:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Stephanie Adibe, Executive Secretary, Commission for Women, 410-313-6400

Deadline to apply is Friday, August 28

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is seeking applicants to fill three vacancies on the Commission for Women – two general members and one student member, who are interested in serving on the Commission. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 28.

"This year marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, and although significant progress has been made in ensuring women's voices are heard, there is still work to do," said Ball. "Our Commission for Women was created just for that purpose. I encourage Howard County residents to apply to the Commission and be an active voice in blazing new trails for women in Howard County and beyond."

Comprised of 12 members, including one student, the Commission helps promote the economic, social and political equality of women in Howard County. General members serve five-year terms, while the student member’s term ends June 30, 2021.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be a Howard County resident, 18 years of age or older (for general membership) or entering the 11th or 12th grade in Howard County (for student membership), have an interest in women’s equality and be able to attend the Commission’s meetings. The meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Department of Community Resources and Services office at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings are currently taking place virtually via WebEx.

Applicants should send a resume and brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the Commission to Kimberly Pruim either by email to [email protected] or by mail to: Howard County Government, Office of the County Executive, Attn: Kimberly Pruim, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The names of eligible applicants will be submitted to the County Executive for approval and then to the County Council for confirmation.

Established in 1980, the Commission for Women publicizes services and activities of interest to women, promotes a positive image of women and recognizes their accomplishments, encourages the expansion of educational and employment opportunities for women, and sponsors workshops and seminars on issues specific to women.

For more information about the Commission for Women, contact the Department of Community Resources and Services at 410-313-6400 (voice/relay) or visit the Commission online at

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