Women's activities worldwide indicate our readiness to be a part of peace processes. Our Syrian sisters have organized workshops and training on negotiation and peace-building in preparation for their participation in the transition from conflict to stability. Here in Maryland, women have been on the front lines of this process since the nation began. During the Civil War, Maryland was home and birthplace to great women such as Clara Barton, who founded the Red Cross, and Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist, humanitarian, and suffragist. More recently, the state was home to the first legislative women's caucus in the nation. The Women Legislators of Maryland was established in 1972. In 2013, we make up over 30 percent of the General Assembly.