by Lynette Long, Ph.D., President of EVE
November 22, 2010 · Comments Off
Last Saturday, November 20, representatives from both EVE and Maryland NOW attended a Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW) conference in Rockville, Maryland. MLAW is a statewide coalition of women’s groups and individuals which advocates for pro-woman legislation in the General Assembly.
The conference was attended by a variety of groups including the Maryland Commission for Women, The Anne Arundel County Commission for Women, the ACLU of Maryland, the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the Polaris Project. Numerous state legislators were also in attendance, including Delegate Sue Kullen, Outgoing Chair of the Women’s Caucus; Senator Delores Goodwin Kelly; Delegate Kathleen Dumais; Senator Jennie Forehand; Senator Jamie Raskin; Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez; Delegate Sue Hecht; and Senator Joanne Claybon Benson.
Linda Mahoney, the President of Maryland NOW, and I were there to make the case for the Harriet Tubman statue project. We handed out fliers describing the project, gave a presentation in front of the full body, and answered questions from the audience. The audience was quick to understand the problem (only nine women in National Statuary Hall) and the psychological implications for women and girls. Everyone I spoke to was enthusiastic about helping with the project.
We were asked numerous questions by the audience and in individual conversations. Here are some of the questions and our answers:
- Which statue (John Hanson or Charles Carroll) are you going to ask to have removed from Statuary Hall?
We are going to leave that decision up to the Maryland Legislature.
- Do you have a sponsor for the bill?
Not yet, but we have contacted the delegates from Dorchester County, where Harriet Tubman was born.
- Do you have a resolution written?
Yes, we have a draft of a resolution written.
- How much will the statue cost?
The statue will cost approximately two-hundred fifty thousand dollars.