2020 is the Year of the Woman.
August marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the U.S. To celebrate, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that 2020 will pay homage to women.
“Our state’s history has been shaped by extraordinary women leaders, and our administration remains committed to empowering and advocating for women in Maryland,” Hogan said in a press release. “I look forward to the many events taking place statewide to commemorate the Year of the Woman.”
In light of the governor’s announcement in December, agencies and organizations across Frederick County planned ways to celebrate and honor women.
Visit Frederick will promote Year of the Woman events around the county, said Melissa Muntz, marketing and communications manager. She did not know about many events yet, she said, as the majority of events are usually held in the summer.
While the tourism group is not holding its own events, it is featuring women through a series of profiles. Melissa DiMercurio, founder of Curves Ahead, will profile female entrepreneurs and business owners.
The profiles will likely come out about every two months, Muntz said. Two are already up on the website — one on Monica Pearce with Tenth Ward Distilling and one on Elizabeth DeRose of 200 Monroe Restaurant.
“We’re hoping that it’s some exposure to stories you might not have known,” Muntz said.
Visit Frederick has also set up a Women of Frederick Tour for visitors to the area. Visit Frederick knows people might visit the county in search of Year of the Woman events or activities, Muntz said.
The six-stop, self-guided tour takes participants up to Emmitsburg to visit the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and to Frederick’s Mount Olivet Cemetery and Sky Stage, to name a few. There are also food recommendations, including the women-run Glory Dough and Diner.
There’s also the Frederick Speaker Series, Muntz said, which will feature Dr. Mae Jeminson, a former NASA astronaut who became the first black woman to travel into space, on Feb. 20 at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.
Events are not only taking place in the city of Frederick. Mount Airy, which has already kicked off its Year of the Woman events, will spend the year celebrating women through profiles and events.
The organizers plan to take an aerial photo of all the female residents in town on Main Street, an idea they hope other municipalities will adopt, Councilwoman Pamela Reed told The News-Post.
UNESCO Center for Peace is holding International Women Month from Jan. 21 to Feb. 21 with a multimedia competition for high school students on challenges to gender equality. Entries are due to SDG5@unescocenterforpeace.org.
The organization will also hold two events in March. A workshop on female empowerment will be held March 6 with an award dinner honoring trailblazing women on March 28.
Frederick Chorale will also honor women with a tribute concert for female composers in May.