Just 63 years after Elizabeth Cady Stanton prepared her famous Declaration of Sentiments, a door is opened to international recognition of women everywhere. Stanton placed herself properly in the history books alongside the first Women’s Rights Convention on that powerful day in Seneca Falls, N.Y. 1911 marked the beginning of recognition of women’s contributions to society in the form of International Women’s Day. Sixty years later, this notable day was expanded to become Women’s History Week, and in 2001, Maryland’s own Rep. Barbara Mikulski became part of the team of officials that sponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution creating National Women’s History Month.
Previous national themes for this month have been “Our History is Our Strength” and also, “Writing Women Back in History.” This year’s theme is “Women’s Education, Women’s Empowerment,” and Baltimore is kicking off the month with many events including expos, lectures, exhibits and other support programs whose focus is on women.
Former President Jimmy Carter couldn’t have put it better when delivering his proclamation in 1980. “Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions were unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”
B & O in Baltimore
901 West Pratt St.
Baltimore, Md. 21223
Date: March 1 to March 31, 2012
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For history buffs, lovers of trains, or a combination of both, check out the B & O Railroad Museum. This entire month, the B&O celebrates Women’s History Month and Amtrak will showcase contributions made by women to the railroading industry.
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
39 West Lexington St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
Contact Linda Shevitz, Program Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Women’s History Events held now until Nov 2012
Hours: Weds – Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed Sun, Mon, Tues)
Baltimore is home to the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, which is sponsoring a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center exhibit, highlighting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for Women’s History Month. Available at the center are gift items for sale that promote pride and empowerment related to women’s history. One of the center’s exclusive gifts, which is a top seller and on sale this month, is Maryland Women’s Heritage Tea, inscribed with a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. The center’s main focus is on preservation of women’s history and promoting positive images of women for future generations.
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
Marriott Baltimore Waterfront
700 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Date: March 21, 2012
Hours: Registration is required for each event, however there are special room rates for attendees needing lodging.
For a total immersion and focus on women of today in honor of National Women’s History Month, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) has put together an intensive Summit and Salute event that will span two days. The event will be held March 21 – 22, 2012 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. The Summit will include sessions advocating businesses headed by women, providing services to many corporations in the U.S.
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Community College of Baltimore County
800 Rolling Road
Baltimore, Md. 21228
Date: March 28, 2012
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 pm Located in the Gym
Not just for college students or just women, the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) is honoring women of the past, present and future by sponsoring a Women’s EXPO. It is scheduled for March 17 and Saturday, March 28, 2012. The event will feature lots of networking, shopping and promotion of women owned businesses. Various vendors will be on site as well as numerous workshops, massage stations and yoga demonstrations.
Enoch Pratt Library
Herring Run Branch
3801 Erdman Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21213
Event Hours: Ongoing until March 31, 2012 Mon to Thurs, Sat – Noon to 5 p.m.
There is always time for books, especially during Women’s History Month. Join the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Herring Run Branch for an ongoing Scavenger Hunt in honor of the month. These events are for teens and young adults who have an interest in literature, history, and a sense of community. Various programs are ongoing at the library through March and April. There will be tons of fun for everyone, including arts, crafts, quizzes and prizes for the Women’s History Month scheduled events. Main events are ongoing until March 31, 2012.
Sherri Weaver, an avid reader of classical literature, with a passion for writing, finds herself not only intrigued with history, but with the literary greats. A Baltimore County native, she finds her comfort zone in museums, libraries, and historical grave sites. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.