Historic site marker memorializing Maryland’s First Women Voters. Source: Maryland Historic Trust.

This Week’s Kent County History Quiz:

Where did women first exercise their vote in the Free State?

A. Chestertown

B. Fairlee

C. Rock Hall

D. Still Pond

This Week’s Answer: Still Pond

Still Pond became an incorporated town in 1908. The legislation included a provision authorized municipal voting for any male or female resident taxpayer over the age of 21. While only three women actually voted that year, the turnover was sufficient for Still Pond to claim recognition as the first place in the Free State where women voted according to historian H. Chandlee Forman. Mary Jane Clark Howard, Anne Baker Maxwell, and Lillie Deringer Kelley were the pioneer voters. This was 12 years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 1920, giving all women the right to vote.