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Join us on January 29, 2017 for 
Montgomery County Commission for Women’s 
37th annual 
Women’s Legislative Briefing 

The Women’s Legislative Briefing (WLB) is the premier and longest-standing women’s legislative event in the state of Maryland. It is coordinated by the Montgomery County Commission for Women and brings together advocates, policy makers, and emerging leaders to empower, engage, and mobilize Marylanders around issues affecting women and girls throughout the state. 
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History and Purpose:

The Montgomery County Commission for Women organized the first Women’s Legislative Briefing in January 1980, co-sponsored by 12 community and women’s organizations. With the exception of 1982, the briefing has been presented annually, making last year the 36th anniversary of this event. The number of co-sponsoring organizations has grown dramatically with over 65 organizations co-sponsors. The number of participants has also increased significantly, more than tripling from approximately 200 in 1981 to over 700 in 2016. In fact, this event that began in Montgomery County has become a regional event in the state of Maryland.

Four women

The purpose of the briefing is to provide information on legislative issues of concern to women and families, including bills that will be introduced in the upcoming sessions of the Maryland General Assembly and U.S. Congress.  Local and state officials are invited to attend the briefing. The ending reception allows participants the opportunity to meet with their legislators and discuss issues of concern.

To emphasize the role of women as key to policymaking, keynote speakers in the past have included:

Joanne Bamberger, Author, How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America
Dr. Bernice Sandler, Author of Title IX legislation
Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Lilly Ledbetter, Pay Equity Advocate
Dorothy Height, Founder and President Emeritus, National Council of Negro   Women
Donna Brazile, Founder and Managing Director, Brazile and Associates, LLC
Eleanor Smeal, Founder and President, The Feminist Majority and Past National President of NOW
Karen Nussbaum, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor 
Shinae Chun, Director, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor

The Honorable Donna Edwards, U.S. House of Representatives
Irene Natividad
, President, Global Summit for Women 
Susan Wood, Ph.D., Former Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, U.S. FDA
Cokie Roberts, Senior News Analyst, National Public Radio, Political Commentator, ABC-News
Dr. Jane Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Business & Professional Women, USA
Ellen Malcolm, President of EMILY’s List
Lynne Battaglia, U.S. Attorney for District of Maryland
Patricia Blau Reuss, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund
Anita Perez Ferguson, President, National Women’s Political Caucus
Carmen Delgado Votaw, Washington Representative for Girl Scouts of the USA 
The Honorable Constance Morella, U.S. House of Representatives

What is the Montgomery County Commission for Women?

The Montgomery County Commission for Women (CFW) is a 15-member board charged with the responsibility of advising the public, the County Executive, the County Council, and the agencies of the county, state and federal governments on the issues of concern to women.  It was formed in 1972 through county law. Each of the commissioners is appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council.  Commissioners serve three year terms without compensation.

The mission of the Commission for Women is to advance women’s equal and full participation in the benefits, responsibilities, and opportunities of society, and to enable women to participate as equals in the community through the acquisition of skills and competencies, information and resources.  The Commission’s primary responsibility is to identify inequities in laws, policies, practices and procedures, and to recommend and promote remedies.

AARP Women


The Women’s Legislative Briefing is only made possible each year by the generous financial support from its corporate and non-profit sponsors, Friends of the WLB and community co-sponsors. Your sponsorship is an easy and effective way to help publicize your program while promoting the importance of issues affecting women and girls throughout the state. 

Co-sponsorship opportunities:

Kaiser Permanente Staff
Thank you for your interest in becoming a community co-sponsor.
Click here to complete your co-sponsorship payment.

2017 Women’s Legislative Briefing at a Glance:

Conference attendees

To ensure the continued excellence and relevance of the Women’s Legislative Briefing, the Montgomery County Commission for Women and its community co-sponsors are in the process of finalizing the schedule and programming for the 2017 Women’s Legislative Briefing. Check back for updates! 

In the past sessions have included:

  • health issues including health care reform; 
  • older women’s issues including eldercare, pension and Social Security reform; 
  • labor issues including flexibility, paid leave, pregnancy fairness, fair pay and custody; 
  • immigrant women’s concerns; 
  • women and poverty; 
  • trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and family law; 
  • effective advocacy; and 
  • successful strategies for increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office. 


Six happy women
Sunday, January 29, 2017  

Doors Open at 11:30 am, Program 12:30–6 pm

The Universities at Shady Grove, 
Bldg II 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland 

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For more information, please contact the Montgomery County Commission for Women at 240-777-8333 or    

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