History

3 logos from the history of the Women's Law Center and  the current logo

The Women’s Law Center of Maryland was founded in 1971 and incorporated in 1972 by a small group of passionate women law students and young lawyers who observed rampant, overt and damaging discrimination against women. The founders and early supporters organized a community of feminists and formed a progressive organization to promote and protect the legal rights of women. Using the legal system as a tool to fight inequities and make their voices heard, they educated women about their rights, filed impact cases and protested the most egregious examples of mistreatment based on gender.

Over four decades, the Women’s Law Center has evolved from a group of dedicated and energetic volunteers to a professional organization with paid staff members who serve over 11,000 individuals each year. Significant progress has been made and many obstacles to women’s success have been overcome. But full equality has not been achieved. In response to persistent challenges, our work continues through our direct legal services to protect the rights of individuals and strategic initiatives to achieve systemic change.

These materials document and celebrate our history.

40th Anniversary Celebration

    • Video: Women’s Law Center of Maryland – Celebrating 40 Years of Advocacy
    • Timeline:  40 Years of Growth, Service and Impact
    • Powerpoint presentation of photos and documents shown during 40th anniversary celebration event
    • 40th Anniversary Daily Record Article, The Daily Record, November 18, 2012

 

30th Anniversary Celebration

    • Transcript of 30th anniversary celebration event
    • Timeline:  Celebrating 30 Years of Advocacy

 

Past Board Members

 

Award Recipients

Each year the Women’ s Law Center presents awards to community leaders who have made significant contributions to protect the legal rights of women.

 

Annual Reports

2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report
2007 Annual Report
2006 Annual Report
2005 Annual Report
2004 Annual Report
2003 Annual Report

For more current annual reports, click here.