WLB 2021
Join us on January 31, 2021 for
Montgomery County Commission for Women’s
41st Annual

VIRTUAL Women’s Legislative Briefing


The Women’s Legislative Briefing (WLB) is the premier and longest-standing women’s legislative event in the state of Maryland. It is coordinated by the Montgomery County Commission for Women and brings together advocates, policy makers, and emerging leaders to empower, engage, and mobilize Marylanders around issues affecting women and girls throughout the state.

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WLB 2021 Overview

  • This is the 41st anniversary of the Women’s Legislative Briefing
  • 2021 WLB Theme:  Beyond 2020: Advocating With Strength For Equality And Justice
  • The plenary will include a panel focus on women who have been working on the front lines during COVID-19
  • Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
  • Place: Virtual!
  • Program:
Tentative Agenda:
12:30 p.m. -1:00 p.m. - Welcome and Introductions
1:00 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. – Plenary – Women on the Frontlines
2:00 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. - Breakout Session One
  •  Economic and Social Justice
  •  Safety and Security
3:00 p.m. - 3:55pm - Breakout Session Two
  •  Healthcare
  • Education
4:00 p.m.- 4:25 p.m. - Breaking Glass Ceilings
4:30 p.m. Closing
History and Purpose:
The Montgomery County Commission for Women organized the first Women’s Legislative Briefing in January 1980, co-sponsored by 12 community and women’s organizations. Except for 1982, the briefing has been presented annually, making last year the 40th anniversary of this event.  The number of co-sponsoring organizations has grown dramatically with over 65 organizations co-sponsors. The number of participants has also increased significantly, more than tripling from approximately 200 in 1981 to more than 750 in 2018. In fact, this event that began in Montgomery County has become a regional event in the state of Maryland. 

Planning Committee

The purpose of the briefing is to provide information on legislative issues of concern to women and families, including bills that will be introduced in the upcoming sessions of the Maryland General Assembly and U.S. Congress.  Local and state officials are invited to attend the briefing. The ending reception allows participants the opportunity to meet with their legislators and discuss issues of concern.

keynote speakers with county executive Elrich
To emphasize the role of women as key to policymaking, keynote speakers in the past have included:

Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States
Joanne Bamberger, Author, How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America
Dr. Bernice Sandler, Author of Title IX legislation
Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Lilly Ledbetter, Pay Equity Advocate
Dorothy Height, Founder and President Emeritus, National Council of Negro Women
Donna Brazile, Founder and Managing Director, Brazile and Associates, LLC
Eleanor Smeal, Founder and President, The Feminist Majority and Past National President of NOW
Karen Nussbaum, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Shinae Chun, Director, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
The Honorable Donna Edwards, U.S. House of Representatives
Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit for Women
Susan Wood, Ph.D., Former Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, U.S. FDA
Cokie Roberts, Senior News Analyst, National Public Radio, Political Commentator, ABC-News
Dr. Jane Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Business & Professional Women, USA
Ellen Malcolm, President of EMILY’s List
Lynne Battaglia, U.S. Attorney for District of Maryland
Patricia Blau Reuss, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund
Anita Perez Ferguson, President, National Women’s Political Caucus
Carmen Delgado Votaw, Washington Representative for Girl Scouts of the USA
The Honorable Constance Morella, U.S. House of Representatives
Mon ica Ramirez, Founder, Justice for Migrant Women
What is the Montgomery County Commission for Women?
The Montgomery County Commission for Women (CFW) is a 15-member board charged with the responsibility of advising the public, the County Executive, the County Council, and the agencies of the county, state and federal governments on the issues of concern to women.  It was formed in 1972 through county law. Each of the commissioners is appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Commissioners serve three-year terms without compensation. 

The mission of the Commission for Women is to advance women’s equal and full participation in the benefits, responsibilities, and opportunities of society, and to enable women to participate as equals in the community through the acquisition of skills and competencies, information and resources.  The Commission’s primary responsibility is to identify inequities in laws, policies, practices and procedures, and to recommend and promote remedies.

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Sponsorships:
The Women’s Legislative Briefing is only made possible each year by the generous financial support from its corporate and non-profit sponsors and community co-sponsors. Your sponsorship is an easy and effective way to help publicize your program while promoting the importance of issues affecting women and girls throughout the state.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?  You can do so here or contact Jodi Finkelstein at (240) 777-8333 or e-mail Jodi. Finkelstein@montgomerycountymd.gov.
Emerald Sponsorship: $5,000
  • Name and logo on all event publicity prior to and up to the event (This will all be online and must be received by December 31)
  • Video about the company shared during opening plenary (video to be provided by sponsor)
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference
  • Complimentary attendance for 7 associates
Topaz Sponsorship: $2,500
  • Name and logo on all event publicity prior to and up to the event (This will all be online and must be received by December 31)
  • Video about the company shared during opening plenary (video to be provided by sponsor)
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference
  • Complimentary attendance for 6 associates
Amethyst Sponsorship: $1,000
  • Name and logo on all event publicity prior to and up to the event (This will all be online and must be received by December 31)
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference
  • Complimentary attendance for 5 associates for all portions of the conference
Pearl Sponsorship: $500
  • Name and logo on all event publicity prior to and up to the event (This will all be online and must be received by December 31)
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference
  • Complimentary attendance for 4 associates for all portions of the conference
Opal Sponsorship: $250
  • Name and logo on all event publicity prior to and up to the event (This will all be online and must be received by December 31)
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference
  • Complimentary attendance for 3 associates for all portions of the conference
Community and Non-Profit Opportunities

Interested in becoming a sponsor?  You can do so here or contact Jodi Finkelstein at 240-777-8333 or email Jodi.Finkelstein@montgomerycountymd,gov

Level 4 Community Co-Sponsor: $125
  • Co-sponsoring organization's name included on all online event publicity. Materials must be received by December 31.
  • Opportunity for co-sponsors representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Complimentary admission for four individuals:
  • Inclusion of co-sponsoring organization in the 2021 WLB Networking Directory (if the form is submitted by December 31)
  • Complimentary admission for four individuals:
    • Three co-sponsor representatives to the WLB
    • One admission for Co-sponsor’s President, Chair or Designee to President’s Networking Session and the WLB 
Level 3 Community Co-Sponsor and Friend of the WLB: $100
  • Co-sponsoring organization's name included on all online event publicity. Materials must be received by December 31.
  • Opportunity for co-sponsors representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Complimentary admission for three individuals:
    • Two-co-sponsor representatives to the WLB
    • One admission for Co-sponsor’s President, Chair or Designee to President’s Networking Session and the WLB 
  • Inclusion of Co-sponsoring organization in the 2021 WLB Networking Directory (if the form is submitted by December 31)
Level 2 Community Co-Sponsor:  $80
  • Co-sponsoring organization's name included on all online event publicity. Materials must be received by December 31.
  • Opportunity for co-sponsors representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Complimentary admission for two individuals:
    • One co-sponsor representative to the WLB
    • One admission for Co-sponsor’s President, Chair or Designee to President’s Networking Session and the WLB 
  • Inclusion of Co-sponsoring organization in the 2021 WLB Networking Directory (if the form is submitted by December 31)
Level 1 Community Co-Sponsor:  $65
  • Includes one complimentary WLB admission
  • Opportunity for co-sponsors representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Inclusion of Co-sponsoring organization in the 2021 WLB Networking Directory (if the form is submitted by December 31)