Women’s History Month

“Serving Together • Serving All” 

On March 15th, Prince George’s County held its 33rd Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon to celebrate the dynamic accomplishments of women who serve in and partner with government and their impact on people and communities. 

The theme, “Serving Together. Serving All.” highlighted the full-service of government in support of and defense of women. The national celebration, Nevertheless She Persisted: Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, honored women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their tireless commitment to ending discrimination against women and girls. Through this theme we celebrate women fighting not only against sexism, but also against the many intersecting forms of discrimination faced by American women including discrimination based on race and ethnicity, class, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, and many other categories.

The Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon drew nearly 1,000 women and men—not only from government, but also from the arts, business, education, religion, nonprofits, and other disciplines—who are doing great work. It is the County’s premiere networking event for those who want to connect to the women of the Washington metropolitan area.

The highlight of the event is the awards presentation. This year’s awards are as follows: 

Dr. Beatrice Tignor received the highly coveted and prestigious Gladys Noon Spellman Public Service Award, which is named in honor of the late Congresswoman who climbed the ranks of service from the County classroom to Capitol Hill. Dr. Tignor’s dedicated servant leadership roles past and present span over fifty decades—from classroom teacher in County schools to state legislator to currently serving as municipal liaison for the Office of the County Executive.

The Gladys Noon Spellman Scholarship Award, which recognizes a graduating senior with both academic and civic excellence, was presented to Makenzie Simmons, Frederick Douglass High School. Her achievements as an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate include a 4.7 grade point average, induction into the National Honor Society, award-winning trombonist and pageant participant with an anti-bullying platform.

The Women In Government “WInG” Award that recognizes accomplishments that are inspirational, innovative, informative, and/or influential to the work of government was presented to the leadership of the Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program staff of the Office of Human Resources: Stephanye Maxwell, Esq., Director, Office of Human Resources Management, Valerie Farrar and Nena McNeil.

Special Presentations

  • Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission for their on-going support of the Women’s History Month Luncheon.
  • Human Relations Commission, in recognition of the national theme, for dedicated and successful service to women, girls and families. 
  • LaVonn Reedy Thomas, Community Affairs Manager in the Office of the County Executive, received a WinG Award in recognition of her role as chair of the luncheon and vision of the award, which was added in 2015.