Judith Vaughan-Prather

Daily Record Staff//May 9, 2023

Judith Vaughan-Prather

By Daily Record Staff

//May 9, 2023

Judith Vaughan-Prather

Executive Director
Maryland Commission for Women

What would you describe as your most significant professional accomplishment?

In my 44-year career focusing on women’s and human rights, I’ve had the chance to work with hundreds of talented and insightful women across the state. It has been my privilege to channel the expertise, dedication, wisdom and energy of these diverse women into the advocacy, research and community organization necessary to advance policies and programs that benefit women and girls. We have held successful campaigns to win equal pay increases across the entire Montgomery County Government, institute sexual harassment policies in both the schools and the government, provide the tools for family-friendly employment policies, advocate for family law improvements to child support, alimony decisions, and domestic violence issues and to bring awareness to the needs of immigrant women.

Please share a story of one of your mentoring experiences.

In 2016, my involvement with international citizen diplomacy gave me the chance to connect with a young woman from Moldova through the American Councils for International Education. She was the chief of staff for the Deputy Speaker of the Moldovan Parliament. The following year, I visited the Republic of Moldova again and helped her launch a “Voices of Moldovan Women Listening Tour.” Since then, we have stayed in touch via Facebook and email. I consulted with her on the continuation of the Moldovan women’s listening tour and her successful application for her current job with U.N. Women Moldova where she leads the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Initiative.

This is an honoree profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.


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