Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government
On March 16th, Prince George’s County held its 31st Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon to celebrate the dynamic accomplishments of women who serve in and partner with government and their impact on people and communities. The national theme, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government,” only affirms what we have been doing all of these years.
The Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon drew nearly 1,000 women—not only from government, but also from the arts, business, education, religion, nonprofits, and other disciplines—who are doing great work. It is the County’s premiere networking event for those who want to connect to the women of the Washington metropolitan area.
Suitland High School student, Anthony Thornton, received a $2,000 scholarship as the 2016 Gladys Noon Spellman Scholarship Award Recipient.
Last year, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, presented the first WInG Award (Women In Government Award) to celebrate accomplishments that are inspirational, innovative, informative, and/or influential to the work of government. The 2016 Women in Government “WING” Award recipient, Gwendolyn Clerkley of the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT), has worked for the Prince George’s County government since 1989. She is a critical figure in all of DPWT’s important infrastructure projects as well as the County’s twice per year “Clean Up, Green Up” beautification efforts.
A historical moment of this year’s luncheon was the recognition of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, who is retiring her seat in the U.S. Senate after 30 years of service.