Southern Maryland Women of Influence Spotlighted through March 27

March 25, 2014

CSMCSM Spotlights a Dozen Southern Maryland Women of Influence through March 27

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the College of Southern Maryland’s Institutional Equity and Diversity Office (DIV) is sponsoring “Women of Influence: A Dozen Southern Maryland Stories,” March 24-27 at the La Plata Campus.

“We don’t have to look outside of our own community to find prominent women who have made an impact in the lives of residents of Southern Maryland. In education, politics, culture and science, these women left their mark in a way that benefited others,” said DIV Executive Director, Makeba L. Clay.

The women who are featured span more than 400 years and include women from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

From Calvert County, the exhibit will highlight Mary Marvin Patterson, the first woman foreign correspondent for CBS news during World War II; and Roz Plater, a current journalist in the Washington, D.C. area.

From Charles County, the exhibit will highlight Dr. Eleanor Faherty, an Iraq veteran and surgeon; Olivia Floyd, a spy and messenger for the Southern Confederate Army; Ida Mae Kerr, entrepreneur and businesswoman; Mary B. Neal, educator and namesake of Neal Elementary School; Tammy Pantages, an artist and member of Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs; and Dr. Edith Patterson, educator, county commissioner and consultant.

From St. Mary’s County, the exhibit includes Margaret Brent, the first female land owner in Maryland; Eleanor Butler, an indentured servant who filed and won a freedom suit; Nicole Theberge, an engineer at NAVAIR; and Mary M. Washington, who in 1996 was the first African-American woman to win a St. Mary’s County elective office in a general election, is serving her fifth consecutive term with the St. Mary’s County Board of Education.

The Women of Influence exhibit will be open from noon to 7:30 pm, March 24 to 27 at CSM’s Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building, Besche Oil Conference Room, BI-124, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Exhibit partners include Southern Maryland Studies Center, Calvert Library, Southern Maryland Chain Chapter of The Links, Inc. and La Plata Campus Student Association.

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