In Memoriam – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, March 15, 1933 – September 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 30: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, celebrating her 20th anniversary on the bench, is photographed in the West conference room at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday, August 30, 2013. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Join or Renew Your Membership for 2020-2021

Dear Friend of MLAW:

MLAW is the only statewide coalition of women’s groups and individuals that provides a non-partisan, independent voice for Maryland women and families. We mobilize networks, groups, and individuals from all over the state to ensure the passage of key legislation.

Since 1994, MLAW has supported 97 successful pieces of legislation. In 2020, despite a shortened General Assembly Session, an extraordinary 7 of 9 bills on the MLAW Legislative Agenda PASSED the General Assembly. MLAW support makes a difference!  

Every year, the Maryland legislature considers hundreds of bills, and every year a high percentage of MLAW-supported bills become law. These laws make a difference for women and families throughout Maryland. MLAW is an effective, volunteer-run organization that depends entirely on dues and private contributions to do its work. We need your help to continue our work on behalf of Maryland women and families.

If you are already an MLAW member, please renew your membership today. If you are not a current member, please sign up right away. And please consider an additional donation to support our vital work.

We hold an annual fall conference to develop our MLAW Legislative Agenda and a legislative reception in Annapolis during the legislative session to introduce the Agenda. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Silver Spring Civic Center in Montgomery County for our 2020 Legislative Conference. These events focus legislators’ attention on our issues and raise our visibility throughout the state. We distribute the annual Legislative Agenda to every Maryland legislator. In collaboration with our advocacy partners, we submit testimony, advocate for bills, and promote our Agenda through our website, Facebook page, Twitter, and other social media.

Your membership entitles you to VOTE for the legislative issues that will be included on the MLAW Legislative Agenda.  

Your membership and additional contributions fund MLAW’s efforts to maintain a strong voice for women and families in the Maryland legislature. We appreciate your commitment to women’s rights, and we ask for your generous support. Please consider an additional donation to support our advocacy efforts. Please print and complete the MLAW 2020-2021 Membership Form and mail in your membership and/or donation. You may also join or donate online by visiting

Thank you!

Michaele Cohen
President, MLAW Board of Directors

MLAW’s 2020 Agenda

Last week, MLAW unveiled it’s 2020 Agenda during our annual reception in Annapolis.  Over 150 legislators and MLAW supporters ventured out on a rainy Thursday evening to learn about the bills we are supporting this year, to mingle with other advocates and supporters, and enjoy some good food.  Please check out our Facebook page to see some photos from the event.

If you weren’t able to join us, here is our 2020 Agenda:  MLAW 2020 Final Agenda 

Finally, make sure you are signed up to receive our Legislative Alerts! This is the best way to get updates on our Agenda bills and learn how you can take action to pass legislation that impacts Maryland women and families!  Send us an email and asked to be added to our mailing list:


Join Us for MLAW’s 2020 Legislative Reception and Briefing

Please join us on February 6th for MLAW’s Annual Legislative Reception and Briefing. This is your opportunity to meet us in Annapolis to learn about the legislation that will make up the 2020 Legislative Agenda and to meet with legislators to discuss issues important to women.

There is no charge to attend the event, but please register early as registration is limited.  Also, please only register if you are sure you can attend.  Last year’s event “sold out” and we had to cut off registration.   We’ll do our best not to turn anyone away!

**Click here to register**

The briefing and reception will be held on February 6, 2020 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm in The House Office Building, Rooms 170/180 located at 6 Bladen Street in Annapolis. Please be sure to bring a photo identification in order to enter the House building. There are several parking garages located near the House building, as well as metered parking throughout Annapolis. You also may park at Navy Stadium and take the shuttle to the House Building. Many thanks to Delegate Shelly Hettleman for arranging our meeting space.

For more information, email us at or call 443-519-1005.






MLAW’s 2020 Agenda is Set!

In November, leaders of state-wide organizations and advocates addressing issues of concern to women of Maryland participated in a conference to identify potential legislative initiatives for the 2020 Maryland General Assembly. Nineteen bills were presented at the conference for consideration.   A ballot was sent to MLAW members who voted on the top priorities which will make up our official 2020 Legislative Agenda.

The MLAW Board of Directors reviewed the results of the balloting and affirmed the bills that will comprise the 2020 MLAW Legislative Agenda.  The issues selected are listed below and described in more detail on our website. The nine bills are:

  • Sexual Solicitation of a Minor – Solicitation Through Parent, Guardian, or Custodian – Prohibition and Penalties (HB246/SB231)
  • Criminal Law – Assault in the First Degree – Suffocation or Strangulation (HB233/SB212)
  • Protective Orders-Relief Eligibility – Rape and  Sexual Offenses (HB248/SB210)
  • Criminal Procedure – Motion to Vacate Judgment – Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2020) (HB242/SB206)
  • Public Safety – Rifles and Shotguns – Secondary Transactions (HB4/SB208)
  • Labor and Employment – Wage History and Wage Range (HB123/SB217)
  • Time to Care-Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program
  • Correctional Services-Prerelease Unit for  Women-Requirement
  • Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal Defense (HB590/SB230)

You can read more detailed information about each of the bills here: MLAW 2020 Agenda Bills

Thank You to our Fall Conference Sponsors!

Click here to view our 2019 Fall Conference Program Book! MLAW 2019 Conference Book

AAUW – Maryland
Maryland National Organization for Women (NOW)
Planned Parenthood of Maryland

Tahira Mussarat Hussain
Maryland Commission for Women
NARAL Prochoice Maryland
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East – Maryland/DC Division

Elizabeth (E. Fran) Johnson
Delegate Erek Barron
Compassion and Choices
Emerge Maryland
The Hatcher Group
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter
National Women’s Law Center
Women’s Equality Day 2020 Suffrage Coalition
Women’s Law Center of Maryland

Michaele Cohen
Delegate Bonnie Cullison
Melissa Curtin Coaching & Consulting
Elizabeth Joyce
Leni Preston, Independent Consumer Voice for Health Care
Joan Stine
Christol Salon and Spa
Lynnette A. Whitfield, Whitfield Legal
Maryland Business and Professional Women (BPW/MD)
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA)
Montgomery County Commission for Women
Montgomery County NOW (National Organization for Women)
Montgomery County Women’s Democratic Club
National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Anne Arundel County
National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Baltimore Metro Chapter
National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Prince George’s County
Simply Kashonna
Zonta Club of Annapolis
Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland

2019 Fall Conference: Looking Back Moving Forward


Celebrating MLAW’s 25 years as a non-partisan, independent voice for Maryland Women & Families featuring Speaker Adrienne A. Jones

Saturday, November 23, 2019
9:00 am-4:30 pm
Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, MD

This year’s conference, “Looking Back, Moving Forward—Celebrating 25 years as a nonpartisan, independent voice for Maryland Women and Families” will commemorate the 25th anniversary of MLAW and feature a brief celebration and history.

A highlight of the conference will be a one-on-one conversation with Speaker of the
Maryland House of Delegates, Adrienne A. Jones. Speaker Jones is the first African-American and the first woman to serve in this position in Maryland.

The conference will also include the presentation of legislative proposals for the upcoming 2020 legislative session. Join us to learn about the bills that will make up the 2020 Agenda.  Click here to learn how to submit a proposal: 2019 Fall Conference Proposal Form

An Advocacy 101 workshop will be offered in the afternoon for those interested in learning more about how to be an effective grassroots lobbyist. The training will cover how to navigate the legislative process in Annapolis. This is a full day conference and lunch will be provided to all participants.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and encouraged. Click here for more info: 2019 Fall Conference Sponsorship Form

Chesapeake Arts Center provides a convenient setting for our conference with ample free parking and handicapped accessibility.

Register on our conference website at or click here to download a registration form: MLAW Fall Conference 2019 Registration Form

To download a conference flyer click here: MLAW 2019 Fall Conference Flyer