MWHC Facts

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MWHC is a nonprofit, statewide organization that works to ensure that the stories and accomplishments of Maryland’s women, past and present, are celebrated and included in history. Our programs celebrate all women and their sometimes-overlooked accomplishments. We honor diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

We are a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization, incorporated in the State of Maryland since 2004.
Media Contact: Diana M. Bailey, Executive Director: or 443-996-1788

Board of Directors

Exhibit and meeting space: 333 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, a historic building where the celebrated Woman’s Industrial Exchange was once located. Open for scheduled events or by appointment. The exhibit space includes a web-based collection of biographies of every member of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame.

Portable exhibits on topics such as Maryland Valiant Women: The Fight for SuffrageImages;  Expressions: Maryland Women in the Arts and Maryland Women in STEM are available to borrow or rent. They form an informative backdrop to meetings, speeches and events. Contact the Executive Director to make arrangements.

Artist Window Exhibits: Every two months, we feature the work of female Maryland artists by inviting them to exhibit their work in our display window at 333 N. Charles Street. People who walk or drive by see regularly changing shows that contain work of women who create in sculpture, acrylics, oils, fiber, photos and more. We hold free receptions, open to all, to welcome each artist. 

How funded: We operate with support from donations, grants and foundations. 

Board and volunteers available for interviews: MWHC board members and volunteers have wide ranges of women’s history knowledge and are recognized on a state and national level. This year, they lent that expertise to institutions that included the Edgar Allan Poe House/Poe Baltimore, Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University and Maryland Public Television.

Contact the Executive Director regarding interviews with specialists in such areas as women’s history, the MWHC home at the historic Woman’s Industrial Exchange, suffragists in Maryland, our women in the arts exhibits and receptions, women in STEM and other topics that highlight under-told stories about Maryland’s women. 

Recent and future programs 


MWHC is headquartered in the historic Marian House/Woman’s Industrial Exchange (WIE). Founded in 1880, WIE helped craftswomen discreetly earn a living and operated until June, 2020. Now, both the building’s owner, Marian House, and MWHC serve women and carry the WIE’s spirit into the future.

Edith Houghton Hooker led the Just Government League (JGL) of Maryland in a statewide campaign for women’s suffrage. From 1910-1912, the JGL had an office in the Federated Charities building at 15 East Pleasant Street in Baltimore, Maryland, just steps away from the current home of the MWHC. In June 2023, Maryland’s tenth suffragist historical marker in honor of Ms. Hooker will be unveiled on the side of the Woman’s Industrial Exchange. MWHC has collaborated with the William G. Pomeroy Foundation to have these markers installed in honor of Maryland’s valiant suffragists.