As a result of more expansive law enforcement efforts, stiffer drug sentencing laws, and post-conviction barriers to reentry, women have been uniquely affected by changes in the criminal justice system. WDC members and guests filled the room at the Silver Spring Civic Center on Wednesday evening, April 3, where a panel of Maryland State’s Attorneys analyzed the challenges facing women in the criminal justice system. The panelists, all women, were: Aisha Braveboy from Prince George’s County, Anne Colt Leitess from Anne Arundel County, and Marilyn Mosby from Baltimore City. John McCarthy, Montgomery County State’s Attorney, moderated.Read More
Montgomery County faces stubborn and, in some cases, worsening patterns of inequity across race, economic status, gender, and geography. At the Silver Spring Civic Center on Wednesday evening, March 6, WDC members and guests heard from two leading, local experts on the grave disparities for women in Montgomery County:
Diana Rubin, 2nd Vice President, Montgomery County Commission for Women and
Dr. Travis Gayles, M.D., County Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services.
Our speakers presented on two troubling reports that detail uneven access and unequal outcomes across core issues such as health, education, economic security, and more. You can read the population health report here and the status of women report here. WDC Board member, Diana Edensword Conway, moderated the Q&A section that followed the presentation. The evening also offered suggestions for engagement on these critical challenges to our community.Read More
On May 30, 2018, WDC hosted lifelong activist Heather Booth and screened a new film about her life, “Heather Booth: Changing the World.” The event was led by Education Co-Chair, Brenda Wolff; attendees included WDC members and their guests, Democracy Summer fellows, and community members.
Heather is a rock star in the political community as a champion for critical issues in our society. She has been an organizer for over forty years, starting in the civil rights and women's movements and continuing today.Read More