Published on 2/15/19 in The Calvert Recorder

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women achieving the right to vote. With a historic number of women elected to U.S. Congress last November, women are demonstrating leadership is all sectors of society, including those traditionally dominated by men. In Calvert County, the contributions and achievements of local women are recognized and celebrated at the annual Women of the World luncheon.

The Calvert County Commission for Women and the League of Women Voters of Calvert County invite everyone to attend the 17th annual Women of the World celebration. The theme, ”Be the Influence,” reflects the groups’ focus on a forward-thinking approach that empowers women and girls to continue to make strides in the areas such as economics, health, education and legislation, a press release states. Continued progress in these areas will improve the lives of local women and girls and their families.

“No year is better to recognize and celebrate the impact and leadership of women than this 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Today women are at the forefront of every issue affecting our nation,” Commission for Women Chair Joan Winship said in the release. “We seek to recognize women’s contributions and to inspire the next generation of female leaders to build on the achievements of their predecessors.”

As noted in the release by Grace Mary Brady, League of Women Voters co-chair of WOW, “Calvert County has always been the home of committed and dedicated women who have made a difference in our County’s welfare. The WOW luncheon is a chance to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.”

The keynote speaker this year is Susan G. Esserman, international lawyer and former ambassador, deputy director, U.S. Trade Representative. She is also the founder and director of the University of Maryland Support, Advocacy, Freedom and Empowerment Center for Human Trafficking Survivors. In 2018 she was awarded the Justice for Girls award by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the iconic civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She brings unique experience and insight on trafficking, leadership and empowerment, according to the release.

Participating organizations who are honoring key women include not only the Commission for Women and the League of Women Voters, but also the Community Mediation Center, Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth, Concerned Black Women, Calvert Historical Society and others.

The public is invited to join in this celebration on Saturday, March 16, to honor the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding Calvert County women and girls. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach. All are welcome. The event will begin with registration and networking, and the luncheon and awards program will follow at noon. The cost, which includes a luncheon buffet, is $32 for adults. There is a special $20 rate for anyone 20 or younger. Reserve a seat by sending your name, the names of your guests, your email address, and a check payable to the League of Women Voters, P.O. Box 1510, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Or go online to register and pay at www.lwvcalvert.org/wow-event. Deadline for registration is March 1.