Nancy Grace Roman, “Mother of the Hubble” Space Telescope

Nancy Grace Roman, “Mother of the Hubble” Space Telescope

In her quest to become an astronomer, Nancy Grace Roman had to overcome misconceptions about the intelligence, capabilities and proper role of women in society and academia. She went on to become an executive at NASA, where she became known as the “Mother of the Hubble” Space Telescope

Virginia Hall, “The Most Dangerous of all Allied Spies.”

Virginia Hall, “The Most Dangerous of all Allied Spies.”

The Nazis called her “the most dangerous of all Allied spies” in Occupied France and called for her elimination. But Virginia Hall of Parkton, an amputee known as “the Lady Who Limps,” outran the Gestapo and helped secure victory for the Free French Forces in World War II.

Village of Still Pond: The first Maryland women to vote

Village of Still Pond: The first Maryland women to vote

More than fruit and honey came from the farms of Still Pond, Maryland in the 1900s. The town charter, written in 1908, guaranteed women the right to vote a dozen years before the 19th Amendment was ratified.

Sandi Timmins: Taking a stand against domestic violence.

Sandi Timmins: Taking a stand against domestic violence.

To Sandi Timmins, equality for women includes the right to be free from domestic violence – and defending that right is everyone’s duty. As executive director of House of Ruth Maryland, Timmins has increased outreach and built innovative training programs for communities, professions, employers and even past abusers. “As an agency, there is only so …

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Gladys Noon Spellman, U. S. Congresswoman

Gladys Noon Spellman, U. S. Congresswoman

Early in her political career, Gladys Noon Spellman was praised by a male colleague… for “thinking like a man.” At first she thought it a compliment. Then she got angry. “I said, ‘Well, I guess today was an off–day for me. Tomorrow I’ll be myself, and do better’.”

Willa Bickham, giving food, clothes and hope for over 50 years

Willa Bickham, giving food, clothes and hope for over 50 years

In the last 50 years there, Willa Bickham, her volunteers and supporters have fed more than one million people from Viva House in Southwest Baltimore. Yet, she feels like she’s the one who benefitted, the one who received beneficence.  

The Honorable Rita Davidson: A woman of firsts.

The Honorable Rita Davidson: A woman of firsts.

The subject of this episode didn’t just break through one glass ceiling. She took care of three with intellect and determination. Rita C. Davidson was the first woman to serve Maryland’s cabinet. She was the first to serve on the intermediate appellate court. And she was the first to serve on our state’s highest court, …

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Sally Michel, an understated force who helped make a city.

Sally Michel, an understated force who helped make a city.

Today’s podcast surveys the extraordinary life and legacy of Sally J. Michel, one of the greatest champions of Baltimore’s children and Baltimore’s environment.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics

Eunice Kennedy Shriver opened the first Special Olympics game just seven weeks after her brother Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. Today, by one estimate, more than three million Special Olympic athletes from all 50 states and 181 countries around the world take part in year-round training for the games.

Bea Gaddy, Baltimore’s “Mother Theresa”

Bea Gaddy, Baltimore’s “Mother Theresa”

Bea Gaddy was one of Maryland’s most inspirational heroes and surely the greatest champion and protector of the state’s hungry. She is perhaps best remembered today for hosting free Thanksgiving dinners for the poor of Baltimore City.