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.
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 much we can do alone,” she says.
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’.”
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.