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Nominees sought for women's award

September 09, 1997

BALTIMORE - The year 1997 marks three important anniversary dates - the 25th anniversary of the Equal Rights Amendment in the Maryland Constitution, the 25th anniversary of Title IX and the 85th anniversary of Girl Scouting in America.

With the convergence of these significant benchmarks, the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, the Maryland Department of Human Resources and the Maryland Commission for Women will mark this momentous year with a major conference on girls titled, "Girls to Women: Agenda for the 21st Century."

The goal of the conference is to develop a plan of action to help girls value themselves and learn life skills that will empower them to become healthy and successful women. The conference, scheduled for Nov. 7 and 8, will bring together individuals from government organizations, private businesses and many local communities who are interested in assessing, improving and celebrating the lives of girls.

The Maryland Commission for Women, the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and the American Association of University Women have jointly established the Women of Tomorrow Awards to honor girls in grades six to eight, nine and 10 and 11 and 12. The awards will be based on community service, life experience, commitment, pursuit of academic excellence, leadership and future goals.

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Nominations for a young woman who best exemplifies the award criteria will be reviewed by a selection committee. The three award recipients will be honored during the conference kickoff dinner to recognize that importance and celebrate the accomplishments of girls in Maryland. Nominations must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 24 to be considered.

To nominate a young woman or for more information about the Women of Tomorrow celebration, contact the Maryland Commission for Women, 311 W. Saratoga St., Baltimore, Md. 21201 or call 1-410-767-7137.

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