Maryland Commission for Women travels across the state to listen to women’s concerns

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The Maryland Commission for Women is traveling across the state to listen to women to talk about the challenges they encounter in their everyday life.

It’s all about raising your voice.

“Wow! Women just continue to empower other women,” said Tawanda Bailey, Chair of the Maryland Commission for Women’s Education and Outreach Committee. 

Women of all different races, colors, and backgrounds, spoke about the challenges they encounter in their everyday lives.

“One of my concerns that I know sometimes that we do not like to talk about it is our incarcerated women,” said one woman who spoke during the event.

So the Maryland Commission for Women is traveling across the state to listen to those women in what they call the “Voices of Maryland Women.”

“As a mom and as a professional, we do a lot of multitasking and so sometimes, I do not think we are given an opportunity in a forum where it is welcome,” said the Co-Chair of the Maryland Commission for Women’s Listening Tour Committee, Yun Jung Yang.

One by one woman stood and spoke about their concerns from domestic violence, affordable child care, and equal pay.

“Sometimes it can be very intimidating and maybe in some circumstances, but we all have been there at some point in our lives. So, we hope that we give that opportunity to come with us and make their voices be known,” said Bailey.

By hearing from the women of Maryland, in their own words, the commission will develop a report with recommendations for improvements in programs, legislation, and policies.

“Their voices matters. That they can come out and talk and our combined voices can make a difference. We are going to empower the women to make changes in Maryland,” said Yang.

The Maryland Commission for Women have already done nine listening tours in the state and have had over 400 women speak.
 

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