October 24, 2012
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.
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