Last year, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center ranked among the top great non-profits. It deserves that recognition again. This center is a role model for education. Its programs are excellent and its staff and volunteers work tirelessly to promote the history of women in Maryland as well as advance opportunities for women and young girls.
As the first of its kind in the nation, it serves as a model for other states
Carolyn Stegman, Ed. D.
The MD Women's Heritage Center continues to expand its partner/collaboration base in order to promote greater community awareness and support. This year in collaboration with Enoch Pratt Library, MWHC provided the Baltimore premier of "Breaking Thru the Clouds", a documentary film created and produced my MD filmmaker, Heather Taylor. This film shared the stories of many early women pilots who have not had their contributions told.
Additionally, the MD Space Business Roundtable again provided the MWHC with a mini grant to continue the educational and career exploration activities related to learning about STEM careers and increasing the number of women pursuing those opportunities.
We have been excited to have such great partners and supporters as the MD Space Business Roundtable and the Women of Goddard....as we have promoted women in STEM careeres and their contributions. Additionally, to learn so much about the women of WW II was astounding!!! I did not know we had this many living legends still with us in MD. Fortunately, they were captured on video to share HER story with future students and adults.
My own life experience demonstrated the fact that opportunities for women to advance professionally were limited. I was fortunate enough to be named the first woman Provost in the University of Mryland System and then the first women President of a campus in that system. From the outset, the women who were to go on to found the Women's Center were incredibly supportive. The then first lady of the state, Frances Glendening, began the women's history project, in which classroom materials were prepared and distributed throughout the state, featuring the contributions of women in all fields of endeavor. Eventually, with the assistance of an incredible staff of volunteers, themselves women leaders, and the continuing support of each first lady following Mrs. Glendening, the Center took shape, first as a virtual center sponsoring educational programs and now as a physical place housing the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, exhibits and materials serving school students and citizens throughout the state. The Center is the first and only one of its kind in the nation. For all those reasons, I believe that it is deserving of recognition as a national model.
This is a fantastic center that is free to all. Their center features all women in the state of Maryland. I am especially proud of their Unsung Heriones Section that features the every day women in our lives, like your mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, etc. Currently the center is featuring women in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Goddard Space Center played a key role in this remarkable exhibit. Just recently World War II Womaen Veterans were featured in a heart warming program.
The Maryland Heritage Center serves as model for other States to help tell the untold stories about Women and their unique contributions to our world, past and present. The Center,although small at the is point is bright, airy and inviting. It is interactive and invites visitors to interact with the various exhibits. There is a curiosity corner, a place for visitors to write about their unsung heroin and an invitation for visitors to tell their story about other women in Maryalnd
I am so honored to be a member of the Board of MWHC. Every time I visit the Center I am inspired. In its uniqueness as the first center of its kind in the United States to recognize and promote the women of Maryland and their contributions, MWHC has become a role model not only for other states but for other countries as well. The current display on Women in S.T.E.M. , including the Women of Goddard is so powerful and informative.
I raised 4 children as a single working mother and always taught my children you need to understand history to understand who you are and where you are going. I have lived in Southern Maryland all my life and have learned so much about the contributions of so many amazing women that have made not only Maryland but our country and our World . If not for this organization these women and their stories would be lost to the future generations. But it is not just the women of the past that need to be shared and saved but the women of today day like Dr Nancy Grasmick. This is an
This organization is a very hard working group of people who have tried to bring the history of women in the state of Maryland to light for all to learn from. There have been amazing women who have done incredible things that have not always been famous but should have been. This Museum has given us the opportunity to shine a spotlight on them. There is a huge need in public schools today for children especially young ladies to learn they can do anything they want, their only limit is what they decide to make it. There are many educational opportunities with this Center.
During this past year, we have especially focused on on-going programs, development of the STEM Timeline as well as donor development. We were fortunate to have secured 2 mini grants to support the Time Line from the MD Space Business Roundtable and the MidAtlantic Collarative for Girls. Additionally, the Women of Goddard Space Flight Center have been an incredible partner in providing in kind contributions to our STEM related displays and programs. All who visit the center, its website and programs continue to rave what a gem it is!!!
It is so critical that women and girls see themselves in the workforce and careers that economically support themselves and often their families as well as contribute to a global economy in their career pathway. One career development strategy is for everyone to know the vast roles that women play and their contributions in society. The WCG and the Hall of Fame demonstrate those missing contributions. We also know that STEM careers are critical to the economic growth in MD, so we also highlight careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The WHC promotes the full potential of women and girls in a holistic manner. We have also found so many unsung heroines!!
The MWHC is a resource for women of all ages to learn about the power and strength of women,the remarkable accompolishments of women in spite of multiple obstacles in their way. This center will encourage girls and women to take risks, to aspire to their highest ideals and goals in a very suppotive and nurturing environment. The staff is volunteer, day and evening, and special sessions are scheduled to accomodate the needs of various groups. Most of all, the forgotten or never before brought to light successes of women in unique roles and businesses will serve as an inspiration for others. This center is like no other in the state, and probably not in the US.
The center does out reach to everyone, it is the one place where women are recogized for what they do. From the young to the oldest among us. They provide classes, tours, education and more education. Under their direction young women learn that there are no limits to what they can do. Every women is respected for what they do, every accomplishment is valued. The Center is completely run by volunteers. So, along with every thing else they do,the center teaches leadership. The outreach to all is outstanding everyone who enters the Center comes away uplifed by the displays, the art work of women aand the many student exhabits. No other organization does what the Center does to provide support for women.
I work on a committee with the Associated Builders and Contractors called "Women In ABC." We are a group of women that encourages young girls and women looking to re-enter the work force to consider a career in the Construction Industry - a traditionally male-dominated industry. I learned about the Md Womens Heritage Center when we were looking for partnering organizations that could help us with our mission. The MD Womens Heritage Center is now working with us on a Scholarship Program that will give a $1000 scholarship to a High School Senior girl who researches and creates a display depicting a woman in the State of Maryland that has made a great impact on the construction industry. They have helped us put together guidelines for the girls which teaches them how to research and build a display that can be considered a well-designed diaplay for exhibiting purposes in any museum. The MWHC will display the winning exhibit in 2011. Based on my experiences, I have accepted a position on their Board. The passion and conviction and enthusiasm I've experienced with not only the Board Members but also all the volunteers that act as docents or help create programs is amazing! This organization not only provides a venue to display the highlights of MD women throughout history it acts as a resource and as a means for organizations like ours that want to help women find their purpose. They provide a way for today's girls and women to learn from the past and see first hand how other women have made their mark.