Branch News

Fall 2019

News from the Hagerstown Branch

Girls Inc of Washington County in Hagerstown is a 2019-20 recipient of a Community Action Grant funded in-part by the Hagerstown Branch.    The branch visited the project for its November meeting.

The Girls Inc motto of “Strong. Healthy. Bold.”  was evidenced by Amy Hiet, Director of Program Development and Staff Development and Elizabeth Holtz, Assistant Director of Program Development who provided living testimony that the future of womanhood in Hagerstown is in great hands as they help guide the maturation of over 130 girls daily.

In the 2018-2019 school year, Girls Inc. of Washington County girls increased their grades significantly in the following subject areas:

  • Language Arts: 67% increase
  • Math: 70% increase
  • Science: 74% increase
  • Social Studies: 69% increase

These outcomes are a direct result of:

  • 995 total hours of Girls Inc. programming per girl
  • 606 volunteers & 3966 volunteer hours
  • 35 different Girls Inc. classes offered through the year
  • Plus, snacks, hot healthy dinners, and transportation

News from the Easton Branch

 Dr. Kara French, an Associate Professor of History and Program Director for Gender and Sexuality Studies at Salisbury University, spoke on “The Long Road to Women’s Suffrage” at the inaugural event in a series of programs celebrating women’s right to vote on Saturday, November 16 at the Talbot County Library in Easton.  The series is co-sponsored by the library and the Easton Branch of AAUW.

The second event, “When Women Won the Vote ‑‑ The State by State Drama of Ratification,” will be held at the Easton Library on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 10:00 am.

In February, the library and AAUW are sponsoring discussions of Why They Marched, a recent book that recounts the stories of 19 women most of us have never heard of, including a Mormon, an African American from the Midwest, and a girl who rode through New England on horseback speaking for votes for women in every small town she came to.    Susan Ware, the author spoke at the National Archives on May 10, 2019.  Her talk is available on-line .

News from the Anne Arundel Branch

The Anne Arundel Branch has had a very busy and productive start in its 2019-20 branch activities.  They began with a membership luncheon in September, attended by over forty of their current members and many prospective new members.  The total branch membership is now approximately 90 women.

The Anne Arundel Branch initiated its yearly fundraising efforts by collecting thousands of used books over the summer to sell at the annual book sale in November.  Over 60 members participated at the collection sites, boxed the books, set up tables, sorted books into categories and sold them over a four-day period, November 7-10.  They are pleased to have earned over $14,000 after expenses, which we will use to fund college scholarships for local women.

On November 14 members visited the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. which is highlighting famous women in the history of the suffrage movement.

On December 7th the branch hosted the STEM Girls Count! – a conference for over 80 fourth grade girls and their parents at Anne Arundel Community College, giving these young girls an opportunity to experience college campus life , hear professionals in the fields of Science, Technology and Math speak about their vocations and have the opportunity to participate  in  hands-on work

News From Howard County

The Howard County branch held its first Tea and fundraiser October 27th to recognize two Howard County women for their contributions to improve the health and well-being of the community. Honorees were Sue Song, President, Korean-American Senior Association of Howard County and Nikki Highsmith Vernick, President and CEO, Horizon Foundation. Proceeds from the Tea, including several raffled baskets will go to our educational scholarship fund.

Painting it Forward –   Paint and Sip at Come join us for another Painting It Forward Event and fundraiser on Sunday, January 26th from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Pinot’s Palette!, 11105 Resort Road, Suite 105, Ellicott City, MD 21042. Our picture is called “Japanese Winter” in keeping with our Membership/Diversity Committee’s study of Japan. All proceeds will go to our educational scholarship fund.  Reserve your seat early at this website:

2020 Book Bash – Just in time for the dark days of winter, our Book Bash and Luncheon on Feb. 8 from 11:30 to 2:30 pm at Union Jack’s in Columbia will give us all the opportunity to leave with a list of “couldn’t-put-it-down” titles to get us through until the spring thaw! All are welcome; lunch reservations required.

Baltimore Branch (The College Club, Inc.)

The Baltimore Branch is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year.  Join us for a special luncheon and celebration on Saturday, February 15 at the Church of the Redemption, 1401 Towson Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.  Details will be available soon.

The College Club was established in 1894 by a group of eight women seeking “the extension of university education among women.”  they met in members’ homes for “tea and conversation.”

For fifteen years, Mrs. Fabian Franklin (Christine Ladd), the first woman to hold a degree from Johns Hopkins University and the first American woman to earn a PhD in Mathematics, presided.  When Christine Ladd applied for a Johns Hopkins University fellowship in 1878, she signed her name as “C. Ladd” on the application. She was accepted for the fellowship, but the university mistakenly assumed she was a man. They were forced to follow through and give her the fellowship despite much opposition to her joining the university since they did not admit women.   She completed all requirements for the doctorate, but the university refused to print her name in any publications and refused to grant her the degree. She did finally get it…in 1926… at the age of 78! 44 years after she earned it.

Dr. Florence Sabin was another founding member, In 1896, she entered Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as one of fourteen women in her class. In 1917, she became the first woman on the faculty of Johns Hopkins Medical School and the first woman to be a full professor there. She later worked in the public health field in Colorado.  Her statue represents Colorado in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.

The College Club furthered the cause of women’s suffrage, jury service for women, good school boards for Baltimore’s public schools, and the war effort for both World War I and II.  The club has had various study groups, among them painting, music, book reviews, drama, current events, and gourmet cooking.