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Million Women Mentors launches Maryland chapter

Million Women Mentors, a national organization that aims to increase the presence of women in science, technology, engineering and math fields, will launch a Maryland chapter on Wednesday.

The event, where organizers expect about 50 people, is timed to coincide with International Women's Day and Women's History Month. Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford and Secretary Kelly Schulz, who leads the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation, are scheduled to speak.

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Jeanne Martin, co-chair of the Maryland chapter of the mentoring organization, said the launch was in the works before she became aware of calls by organizers of the Women's March on Washington to use the day to strike, wear red or otherwise act in ways that highlight the importance of women to the economy.

Even though she's not planning to wear red — it's not a color she has in her closet — Martin said the goals are similar.

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"We're all trying to aim for the same thing and that is the betterment of women across the country and across the world," she said.

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