Belonging in our Community
Women's History Month
Happy Women's History Month! Maryvale's mission is to Educate Young Women for Life by teaching them to learn, lead, and succeed in all environments.
Thank you to our Women's Equality Initiative for providing information for this webpage!
International Women's Day 2023
The global theme of this year's International Women's Day is #EmbraceEquity!
People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action. All IWD activity is valid, that's what makes IWD inclusive.
At Maryvale, we will #EmbraceEquity by celebrating the many opportunities we have to grow. Whether it's via the Leadership Institute, STEM initiatives, through the arts, or on the field, we strive for equity by providing a diverse array of academic and extracurricular experiences.
We are also thankful for our community's many role models! Whether it’s a relative, teacher, author, or celebrity, we have plenty of women to look up to, and we are proud to follow in their footsteps each and every day. Click the button below to learn about our role models!
Advice from Alumnae & Parents
You don’t need to know all the answers, you can get those by asking good questions.
- Tracy Dulany P. '24
Senior Program Manager, Peraton
Maryvale has a lot to offer academically, spiritually, and with extracurricular activities -- embrace all of it!
- Maura Doyle Belden '97
Director of Nursing, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center
Strive to live authentically even in the presence of doubters.
- Shana Hall Graves, ICF-PCC '95
CEO, Soma Triune Leadership Coaching and Consulting, LLC
These ladies, along with many other amazing role models, joined us for our Leadership Institute's annual Career Afternoon in 2023. Click the button below to learn more about them!
Did You Know?
The true inventor of the game Monopoly was a woman, despite many who believed otherwise!
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Magie created The Landlord's Game, Monopoly's direct ancestor, while living in Brentwood, Maryland. She first patented the game in 1904, but was not recognized as the game's creator for many years after Charles Darrow and Parker Brothers claimed the ideas as their own.
- Leaders of the Women's Suffrage Movement
- Susan B. Anthony - an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement
- Ida B. Wells-Barnett - fought against treatment of Black people and to empower Black women in the US and established the Negro Fellowship League, which was crucial to the creation of the NAACP
- Mary Church Terrell - helped form the National Association of Colored Women and the NAACP and was one of the first Black American women to attend Oberlin College
- Shirley Chisholm - first Black woman to run for US president and first Black woman elected to Congress and served seven terms
- Stacey Abrams - candidate for governor of Georgia, founded Fair Fight Action to register more eligible voters and helped register about 800,000 voters in Georgia
- HeforShe - 2022 Impact Report
HeForShe, often referred to as He for She, is a solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality, initiated by the United Nations. Refer to page eight for some eye-opening statistics!
Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, which is celebrated in the United States during the month of February, Maryvale has partnered with the Archdiocese of Baltimore and other organizations in prayer.
Framed in the example of Catholic saints and servants of God who provide a witness for us, we are committed to taking meaningful steps in our work for racial justice. Thank you to our Black Student Union for sharing additional resources with our community.
Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:
- a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
- a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
- a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
- a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
- Bishop Ken Untener
Bishop of Saginaw
These resources have been provided by the Archdiocese of Baltimore; we will update them regularly.
For more details on the Archdiocese's "In God's Image" campaign, please visit their website.
Black Catholic History Rosary
This month, the Archdiocese of Baltimore invites us to pray the Black Catholic History Rosary. This rosary invites us to learn about economic, social, and educational topics; honor key civil rights movements; and hear firsthand from Black Catholics about their experiences in the Church.
- Dedicated to Servant of God Mother Mary Lange, OSP
- Dedicated to Venerable Henriette Delille, SSF
- Dedicated to Venerable Pierre Toussaint
- Dedicated to Daniel Rudd
- Dedicated to the March on Washington
- Dedicated to the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Dedicated to the March from Selma to Montgomery
- Dedicated to the Voting Rights Act of 1965
- Dedicated to the Religious Orders of Men and Women Who Risked Their Lives in the Struggle for Civil Rights
- In Thanksgiving for “Brothers and Sisters to Us”
- In Thanksgiving for “What We Have Seen and Heard”
- In Memory of “Rise N Shine”
- In Thanksgiving for “Lead Me Guide Me!” the Black Catholic Hymnal
- In Thanksgiving for the Office of Cultural Diversity in the Catholic Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Founding of the Black Clergy Caucus
- Founding of the National Black Sisters’ Conference
- Founding of the National Black Seminarians Association
- Founding of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators
- Founding of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University in Louisiana
In the Catholic tradition, a Novena is an ancient prayer tradition, consisting of prayer for a specific intention over the course of nine days. Through this Novena for Racial Justice, the Jesuit and broader Catholic network is invited to unite in prayer as we continue our work for racial justice.
- Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love
- Interviews with Black Catholics
The Catholic Standard's Black Catholic Voices series features videotaped interviews with local Black Catholics, beginning with Cardinal Wilton Gregory, who reflect on their journeys of faith, share their insights on combating racism, and say what gives them hope for the future.