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March 29, 2014

Role models

ACM event celebrates leadership of local women

What has previously proved to be an inspiring event will return for its third celebration of Western Maryland’s women leaders at 6:30 p.m. March 31 in the Zimmer Theatre of Allegany College of Maryland’s College Center.

“Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” is part of the local celebration of Women’s History Month. It is free and open to the public, especially youth groups, women’s organizations, students, families and young men and women.

Local historian Al Feldstein will recognize local women who have been elected or appointed to positions in which they have been able to contribute to the public good.

They will be invited to speak about their duties and career paths, which it is hoped will encourage younger women to consider public service.

Working with the Western Maryland Regional Library, Feldstein helped to organize “Historic Women of Allegany County, Md.,” a website featuring local women who contributed in historic ways to government, politics, athletics and the arts.

The event will be sponsored by the Maryland National Organization for Women, in collaboration with the college’s Democracy Commitment and the Human Service Associate program.

Kate Campbell, a writer and director from Silver Spring, will appear in the roles of Alice Paul, a women’s rights activist who campaigned for women’s suffrage and equal treatment, and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who devoted her life to achieving civil and human rights.

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