333 North Charles Street
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For Release November 20 2020
Contact:  Beth Myers-Edwards, Marian House
advancement@marianhouse.org  410-467-4246

MARIAN HOUSE AT THE WOMEN’S INDUSTRIAL EXCHANGE WILL BECOME THE NEW HOME OF THE MARYLAND WOMEN’S HERITAGE CENTER


November 20, 2020 (Baltimore) Marian House has agreed to lease the 1,000 sq. ft. storefront space of the Women’s Industrial Exchange Building at 333 North Charles Street to the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.  The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC) was established to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transmitting the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the state.

According to Katie Allston, executive director of Marian House, “This is what we have had in mind since we acquired this significant property; having such an important women’s organization as our first significant tenant will kick-start our plans for Marian House at the Women’s Industrial Exchange to become a women-oriented center for downtown Baltimore.”

MWHC has been searching for a new location to operate its programs and house their continuing and changing exhibits about individuals, organizations, events, and special topics related to Maryland women. Other complementary uses may include a place to convene meetings and conferences; an interactive, state-of-the-art student learning center; a resource and reference library; and a women’s history archive. Amenities will include displays of arts and crafts; dramatic, musical, and dance performances by or about Maryland women and girls; dialogues and seminars on women’s issues; space for special events and receptions; and a gift shop with art, literature and unique gifts by Maryland women.

“MWHC is thrilled to have a new home with such a deep and rich history in the community.  It is a natural fit for our organization to begin a new chapter at the historic building at this time”, said Diana Bailey, Executive Director of MWHC.  “Our plan is to occupy the space in early December with hopes of a soft opening early in 2021. We will build up to a March Women’s History Month event(s), depending on COVID-19 restrictions,” Bailey stated.

The Women’s Industrial Exchange asked Marian House to take over its building and assets in June 2020, after making the difficult decision to cease operations at its historic 333 North Charles Street location.

For further information about the new partnership between Marian House and the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center,  contact Beth Myers-Edwards, advancement@marianhouse.org, 410-467-4246 or for MWHC contact Diana M. Bailey, mwhcdiana@gmail.com, 443-996-1788.

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Marian House is a holistic, healing community for women and their children who are in need of housing and support services.  We provide a safe, sober, loving environment that challenges women to respect and love themselves, confront emotional and socio-economic barriers, and transition to stable and independent lives.  Located in the Better Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore City, Marian House provides transitional and permanent housing to women and children in need, primarily in the Better Waverly and Pen Lucy communities.

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC), a 501(c) (3) non-profit, non-partisan organization, was established to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transforming the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the state. The Center is an out- growth of the Maryland Women’s History Project that began in 1980 as a collaborative venture between the Maryland Commission for Women and the Maryland State Department of Education.

The MWHC's goal is to " add HERstory to history to tell OURstory".

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Announcing the 2021 Women's History Theme:

 

"Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced"


The theme for 2021 National Women's History Month captures the spirit of these challenging times. Since most 2020 women's suffrage centennial celebrations were curtailed, the National Women's History Alliance is extending the annual theme for 2021 to "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced."

The National Women's History Alliance is determined that the important roles of multicultural suffragists and voting rights activists continue to be recognized and honored. We refuse to allow their voices to be silenced, even by a pandemic.

Many organizations have already rescheduled and extended their centennial events into 2021. With national attention moving on, 2021 will particularly recognize the remarkable new research, grassroots political activity, and artistic developments in every state. These deepen our understanding and shine a brilliant new light on local women's political involvement, development, and leadership. Despite tremendous opposition, they refused to be silenced.


Celebrating the Rewards of the Suffrage Movement
Article Written By: Danita Terry, Vice President, MWHC

With the 100th anniversary of women winning a hard fought battle to gain the right to vote as her backdrop, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for Vice President on August 19, 2020. Celebrating her nomination does not diminish the flagship efforts of Geraldine Ferraro in the 80s, Sarah Palin’s nomination in 2008, or the boldness of Shirley Chisholm’s and Hillary Clinton’s runs for our country’s highest office. Rather, it demonstrates women’s ascension in the political arena.

Women upended the political landscape in the 2018 midterm elections. They ran and won an historic number of House and Senate seats. Today, 127 women serve in the U.S. Congress; 26 women in the Senate and 101 women in the House. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the first woman Speaker of the House, holds the highest position in the House and is second in line for presidential succession. Today the number of women in statewide elective executive posts is 90--including 9 governors and 15 lieutenant governors--and the proportion of women in state legislatures is more than 29 percent. Of the 1,366 mayors of U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 and above, 300--or 22 percent--are women. 

These victories are a direct result of women continuing the fight to ensure that all women received the right to vote. While the victory in 1920 allowed a large bloc of women the right to vote--by and large white women--there was still work to be done. Hundreds of Black women participated in the suffrage movement however, they reaped no rewards for their efforts. Among them were Ida B. Wells, Harriet Tubman, Augusta Chissell, Margaret Gregory Watkins, Estelle Young, Sojourner Truth, Frances Ellen Watkins, Coralie Franklin Cook, Mary Church Terrell, Anna J. Cooper, Bertha Pitts Campbell, Osceola Adams, Vashti Turley Murphy, and Nannie Helen Burroughs. The efforts of these women, along with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, would contribute to women of all races gaining the right to vote. And while Asian American women were granted the right to vote in 1952, and Native American women in 1957, Jim Crow laws kept the majority of Black women from voting until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

The subsequent emergence of women--of all races, religions and ethnicities--being elected to public office can be traced to the political empowerment that resulted when women received the right to vote. As liberator and suffragist, Harriet Tubman said, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Kamala Harris’ nomination for Vice President exemplifies Tubman’s words. While Black women were often excluded from mainstream suffrage activities and indeed were not completely granted the right to vote as a result of the suffragist movement, on this 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment, the first Black and Asian American woman is now on the Democratic Presidential ticket as Vice President. This is truly a significant moment in the history of our nation, and a great example of how constitutional amendments work to create a society that is inclusive for all.

Congratulations to Vice Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris--and to all women elected officials--who demonstrate their strength, patience and passion to reach for the stars to change the world, just as the suffragists did who paved the way for them. For further information please use these links:

https://cawp.rutgers.edu/levels_of_office/women-mayors-us-cities-2019

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/03/these-are-the-women-making-history-as-the-116th-congress-is-sworn-in.html




Mailing Address: Maryland Women’s Heritage Center P.O. Box 719 Brooklandville, MD 21022-0719

Additional contacts:

Diana M. Bailey Executive Director mwhcdiana@gmail.com
443-996-1788

Judi Williams Administrator jtech42@comcast.net
410-812-9119

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