September 30, 2011
I was fortunate to be involved in the formation of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center almost from the beginning, and have watched it grow from those first years when we met in borrowed office conference rooms to plan and dream and try to figure out what we were going to do. But we used the assorted talents of a very diverse group of women -- I brought a background in marketing/PR and there were business women, educators and other professions represented as well. Yet I always felt a little diffident that we were focusing so much on women, rather than being inclusive of male history as well. However, as I heard more of the stories and met others involved in the center's founding and promotion, I began to realize and appreciate not only how necessary the center has become, but how much difference the affiliation with MWHC has meant in my life: working with other women who have done fascinating work in so many fields and a number of them on the frontlines of pushing aside the gender barrier in those fields. And I have been pleasantly surprised that some of the most rewarding times I've experienced with MWHC are those when I've represented the organization at gatherings of young women looking toward careers in science (STEM) programs -- I have been delighted to see representatives from all ethnicities coming to the conferences. But most of all I have been so impressed to see the number of fathers bringing their daughters and visiting the exhibits together. That has helped me to realize that the time I've spent working to get the organization up and running and continuing is probably one of the more far-reaching and long-lasting endeavors of all my years of volunteering for a wide range of organizations.
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