The Montgomery County Commission for Women will host its 40th anniversary celebration on July 11, honoring 10 local women.
The event, to be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rockville Hilton Hotel’s Atrium Room at 1750 Rockville Pike, will commemorate the anniversary, and announce the 10 new honorees for the Montgomery County Women’s History Archives, according to a county news release. The archives were created in 2002 to recognize the contributions of women of historical significance to the county.
Connie Morella, former U.S. congresswoman and ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, will deliver the keynote address.
The 10 women being honored and added to the CFW’s History Archive are:
Sharon V. Burrell, the first African American female judge appointed to the Montgomery County Circuit Court;
Patricia E. Cornish, National President of Business and Professional Women USA, 2000-2001 and chairwoman of the Business and Professional Women Foundation;
Pam Foltz, the first female career firefighter in Montgomery County;
Barbara J. Krumsiek, chairwoman, president and CEO of Calvert Investments, Inc. and co-chairwoman of the United Nations Environment Programme, Finance Initiative;
Ingrid U. McKee, the first female criminal investigator, first woman to be named Police Officer of the Year in Montgomery County, and first woman to be promoted above the rank of officer in the Montgomery County Police Department;
Terry A. O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women; and chairwoman of the NOW Political Action Committee;
Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, the first African American woman president of Montgomery College;
Carmen Delgado Votaw, co-chairwoman of the National Advisory Committee for Women and past President of the Inter American Commission of Women of the Organization of American States and the first Hispanic woman chief of staff for a member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives;
Eun Yang, morning anchor on NBC Washington;
the late Jean B. Cryor, former state delegate who was a strong advocate for school funding, the earned income tax credit for low-income workers and women’s rights.
In 2002, then-CFW president and fiber artist Anne Sanderoff Walker created a quilt depicting the fields in which each of the honoree’s achievements were attained, according to the release. To commemorate the 40th anniversary, Sanderoff Walker has created another quilt to recognize the honorees. Both quilts will be on permanent display at the CFW offices in the Rockville Memorial Library, and will “travel” for display at special events, the release stated.
The Montgomery County Commission for Women is a 15-member advisory board established by county law in 1972 and is charged with the responsibility of advising the County Executive, County Council, the public and the agencies of the county, state and federal governments on the issues of concern to women.