The women we are here to honor today would be able to attest to that, because serving as First Lady of Official State Hostess of Maryland is certainly an important task. These women have performed that task well and that is why it is so fitting that we honor them.
These women have worked hard for Maryland. As you heard from Mrs. Glendening, they have concentrated their efforts in everything from nursing to philanthropy. For example, Gertrude Johnson Harrington, the wife of Emerson C. Harrington, the forty-eighth Governor of Maryland, worked three nights a week in the canteens in Annapolis and Fort Meade and was also active with the Red Cross.
What Mrs. Glendening neglected to tell you is that she works full-time in Washington as a legal and policy advisor to the Chair of the Federal Elections Commission. She also volunteers as a Board member for organization involved in hospice, mental health, women's history and community issues.
The women we honor today have raised families; they have been wife, partner, supporter and best friend to their husband. On behalf of the Maryland Commission for Women, I commend Mrs. Glendening for inviting us here today and for giving us a glimpse at some of the women who have assisted in the shaping of our wonderful state!
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Portraits of First Ladies & Official Hostesses Exhibit
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