ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed 2020 as the Year of the Woman in Maryland as the state prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Governor Hogan was joined by members of the Governor’s Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment at The Lightbox Studio in Annapolis. He was joined by Major General (ret.) Linda Singh, the first female Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard and chair of the Commission.
“Our state’s history has been shaped by extraordinary women leaders, and our administration remains committed to empowering and advocating for women in Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “I look forward to the many events taking place statewide to commemorate the Year of the Woman. ”
"We are pleased to join Governor Hogan in recognizing both historical and contemporary Maryland women for their myriad contributions to the state and to the nation,” said Major General Singh. “Their stories are told at destinations across Maryland through attractions, special events, curated exhibits and women-centric activities.”
The Commission’s signature event, presented in partnership with Notre Dame of Maryland University and the Women of the World organization, is the WOW Festival on March 7, 2020 at the Columbus Center in Baltimore. Commission is also collaborating with the Maryland Commission for Women to host the 2020 Women’s Centennial Summit on August 26, 2020 at the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis. The summit, which is free and open to the public, will offer a day of leadership training and development for adult and young women.
In addition, the Maryland Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism will lead a targeted marketing strategy to highlight attractions, events, activities, trails, exhibits, and experiences that honor women throughout the state.
“The Maryland Office of Tourism has compiled an impressive list of events and activities to be held around the state as we mark this important anniversary and honor the many contributions that women have made in helping to shape the Maryland we know today,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz.
During Maryland’s Year of the Woman, Maryland residents and visitors will have special opportunities to learn more about notable historic women at attractions throughout the state. A sampling includes:
- Harriet Tubman, Underground Railroad conductor and suffragette who advocated for freedom and personal rights and whose life story is celebrated at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Dorchester County
- Dr. Alta Schrock, educator and heritage preservationist who created the Spruce Forest Artisan Village to assist women to sell traditional handmade crafts
- Claribel and Etta Cone, sisters and art patrons who bequeathed thousands of masterpieces by Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh to the Baltimore Museum of Art.
- Clarissa Harlowe (Clara) Barton, nurse, teacher, patent clerk, and founder of the American Red Cross, whose Glen Echo home is now the Clara Barton Historic Site in Montgomery County
Year of the Woman events, exhibits and activities include:
- A “Suffragette Stout” has been created by various Maryland breweries
- Maryland State Arts Council’s Maryland Traditions program will support works by women artists at the National Folk Festival in Salisbury
- Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will have exhibits and programming featuring women artists
- Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum exhibit will include influential women from the 1800s to the 1900s
- Frederick has created a self-guided walking tour feature hip and historic women
- Maryland Historic Trust created Maryland Women's Fight for the Vote — A Story Map
- Maryland Fleet Week in Baltimore will focus on outstanding Maryland women in the military
- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will sponsor events beginning with First Day Hikes on January 1, 2010
For more information and to plan your tour of Maryland, go to https://www.visitmaryland.org/list/2020-year-woman-maryland.
About Maryland Tourism
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism & Film within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $17.7 billion on travel-related expenses in 2017. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.4 billion in state and local taxes, and provided Marylanders with more than 149,000 jobs with a payroll of $6.3 billion. For more information, visit www.visitmaryland.org.