Discovering the Unknown

The 28th Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon Celebrates Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

By Annamarya Scaccia

Even though women may only hold 24 percent science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs, they have made incredible progress in those fields, and serve as inspiration for young girls and women interested in STEM programs.

Just consider these two exemplary women: Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. from MIT in theoretical elementary particle physics; and the late physicist and astronaut Sally Ride, who became the first American woman to travel into space in 1983.

Both Dr. Jackson and Ride excelled in their respective careers despite the lack of representation of and opportunities for women in STEM. While there’s still a disproportionate number of women and men in STEM jobs, these two women prove exactly what women can achieve in those fields—and the benefits of encouraging more to enter into STEM careers.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Prince George’s County Government will recognize and celebrate women in STEM for its 28th Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon on Thursday, March 21. The event, titled “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination,” will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive in Greenbelt.

During the luncheon, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III will present the Gladys Noon Spellman Public Service Award to a woman in Prince George’s County Government who epitomizes service and leaderships excellence. Recipients of the Gladys Noon Spellman Scholarship, which is awarded to senior high school students planning to major in political science, public administration/government, public safety or health, will also be recognized.

Both the annual scholarship and award are named in honor of Congresswoman Gladys Noon Spellman, who was the first woman elected to the Board of Commissioners of Prince George’s County, and the first female president of the National Association of Counties.

The luncheon will also feature a keynote speaker, live music and door prizes.

For more information, call (301) 952-4729 or email

28th Annual Prince George’s County Women’s History Month Luncheon

Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Thursday, March 21

12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets: $40 per person

Martin’s Crosswinds

7400 Greenway Center Drive

Greenbelt, MD 20770

Photo: Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson / Wikipedia
Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, March 11, 2013

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