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.

Sara Whitehurst, insuring women’s place in the jury box

Sara Whitehurst, insuring women’s place in the jury box

When women finally secured the right to vote in 1920, they did not receive a responsibility we now commonly associate with being registered to vote, and that is jury duty. Sara Whitehurst helped change that.

Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond, leading pediatric surgeon

Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond, leading pediatric surgeon

What does it take to be nationally renowned surgeon? A really big brain seems essential, and Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond certainly had that. An unwavering devotion to caring for others is also critical, and she had that, too, seemingly in limitless supply.

Sarah Hemminger: A Sense of Belonging

Sarah Hemminger: A Sense of Belonging

Sarah Hemminger is the founder of Thread, an organization that takes struggling students in the city’s public school system and builds volunteer families around them.