Gladys Noon Spellman was an educator in the Prince George’s County Public Schools System and president of the Prince George’s County Council of PTAs. She was the first woman elected to the Board of Commissioners of Prince George’s County. Additionally, she served in the highest capacity for county officials nationwide when she became the first woman elected president of the National Association of Counties.
In 1974, she was elected to the United States Congress where she was instrumental in sponsoring legislation to prevent discrimination based on marital status and prohibiting discrimination against the handicapped and elderly.
Ms. Spellman was a celebrated public servant of Prince George’s County for more than two decades. Both a Public Service Award and a Scholarship are given to recipients during the County’s Women’s History Month Luncheon (WHML).
The Prince George’s County Office of the County Executive presents a scholarship in memory of Congresswoman Spellman.