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Women Legislators of Maryland at Suffrage Program, State House, Annapolis, Maryland, February 2013. Photo courtesy of Women Legislators of Maryland

Women Legislators of Maryland, February 2013.
Special Joint Session to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Women's Suffrage Procession.

Public Commission Meeting
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Fifth Regiment Armory
219 29th Division Street RoomB-20
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Contact: (410) 576-6163

Authorized in July 2013, the Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution seeks to: develop a plan for commemorating the events that occurred in Maryland connected to women's suffrage and the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; assemble an inventory of sites in Maryland that are significant to the suffrage movement; develop a strategy to encourage tourism related to the commemoration; and foster collaboration between federal, state, county and municipal organizations with regard to commemorative programming.

The Commission seeks research and volunteer assistance related to all aspects of its mission. Any organization or individual wishing to contribute to the commemoration of the passage of the 19th Amendment in Maryland, please contact your local Commissioner to volunteer information or assistance.

On January 16, 2018, The Governor’s Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States held their monthly meeting in Annapolis, Maryland. The Commission’s Chair, Major General Linda L Singh, Adjutant General of Maryland presided over the meeting. A special project presentation entitled “The Maryland Women’s Suffrage Movement” was given by Ms. Kathy Rohn, an intern of The Maryland Historical Trust and recent graduate of University of Maryland with a double Master's Degree in Community Planning and Historic Preservation. Major General Singh recognized Ms. Rohn for the special research project of the Maryland Women’s Suffrage Movement with the “Challenge Coin” which is given to a Unit Commander or an individual in recognition of special achievement by that individual. Thereafter, the members were invited to attend a session of the Maryland General Assembly. Senator Kathy Klausmeier introduced Major General Singh, Staff and Commission Committee Chairs to the 2018 Maryland General Assembly Senate Session. Following the session, a productive working lunch meeting was held to plan upcoming women suffrage’s movement events.

Recent Meeting
January 16, 2018, monthly meeting in Annapolis, Maryland.
Ratified by two-thirds of the states by August 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United State Constitution gave women the right to vote in the United States. This Executive Commission is authorized by Chapter 603, Acts of 2013 (Code State Government Article, sec. 9-300) and chaired by the Honorable Major General Linda L. Singh. Authorization for the Task Force extends through October 31, 2020. To become a volunteer with the Commission, please contact your local Commissioner.

March 2018 Unveiling of a New Highway Marker

Photo of Members of the 19th Amendment Commission in front of the Suffrage Motorcade Highway MarkerThe Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in conjunction with the city of Hyattsville, Maryland, unveiled a new highway marker March 3, 2018. The marker recognizes the couriers to Congress who gathered on July 31, 1913, from across the nation, carrying 75,000 signatures demanding the immediate action on a constitutional amendment enfranchising women. They gathered at the Hyattsville baseball park, now Melrose Park, for a rally. The Suffrage motorcade paraded in 60 automobiles to the U.S. Capital to deliver the petitions to the Senate. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in August 1920 and granted women the right to vote.

View Additional Photos from the Event


February 2018 Interview with Major General Linda Singh


Commission Chair Major General Linda Singh discusses the upcoming anniversary


Kickoff Event: Historic Suffrage Marker Unveiling (June 9, 2014)

Members of the 19th Amendment Commission and the Maryland Commission for Women at the historic marker unveiling

Members of the 19th Amendment Commission and the Maryland Commission for Women at the historic marker unveiling in Overlea, MD on June 9, 2014.

Marker in Overlea commemorating historic women's suffrage march through Maryland in February 1913 which was unveiled by the 19th Amendment Commission

Marker in Overlea commemorating historic women's suffrage march through Maryland in February 1913 which was unveiled by the 19th Amendment Commission on June 9, 2014.

Members of the 19th Amendment Commission and the Maryland Commission for Women at the historic marker unveiling

Members of the 19th Amendment Commission and Maryland Commission for Women receiving proclamations during the June 9, 2014 historic marker unveiling ceremony.



Commissioners Contact:

Chair of the Commission
Major General Linda L. Singh
Office of Adjutant General
Military Department
Fifth Regiment Armory, 219 29th Division St., Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 576-6000; fax: (410) 576-6079
linda.l.singh.mil@mail.mil

Patricia Dockman Anderson, Ph.D.
Maryland Historical Society
410-685-3750, ext. 317
panderson@mdhs.org

Mythili (Lee) Bachu
Maryland Commission For Women
410-750-6790
leebachu@hotmail.com

Diana Bailey
Maryland Women's Heritage Center
mwhcdiana@gmail.com

Honorable Cheryl C. Kagan
James Senate Office Building, Room 203
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3134, (301) 858-3134
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3134 (toll free)
cheryl.kagan@senate.state.md.us

Honorable Ariana B. Kelly
House Office Building, Room 210
(410) 841-3642, (301) 858-3642
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3642 (toll free)
ariana.kelly@house.state.md.us

Honorable Katherine A. Klausmeier
James Senate Office Building, Room 103
(410) 841-3620, (301) 858-3620
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3620 (toll free)
katherine.klausmeier@senate.state.md.us

Nancy Kurtz
Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place
Crownsville, Maryland 21032-2023
(410) 514-7648
NKurtz@mdp.state.md.us

Diettra J. Lucas
Maryland State Conference, NAACP
301-346-5535
Diettra.Lucas@outlook.com

Honorable Susan K. McComas
House Office Building, Room 319
(410) 841-3272, (301) 858-3272
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3272 (toll free)
susan.mccomas@house.state.md.us

Cynthia Miller
Department of Commerce
Director Strategic Partnerships
Tourism, Film, & the Arts (410) 767-6266
cynthiad.miller@maryland.gov

Roberta Sharper
League of Women Voters
3731 Nortonia Rd
Baltimore, MD, 21216
410-624-3144
robertasharper@verizon.net

Emily Oland Squires
Maryland State Archives
410-260-6443
emily.squires@maryland.gov

Ruth M. Umbel
Maryland Republican Women
ruthumbel@comcast.net

A. Diane Williams
Maryland Commission for Women
410-767-3049


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