Linda Shevitz develops study plans about women
History, Linda Shevitz wants you to know, isn't only about male presidents or male inventors or male generals.
It's also about jockeys, scientists, humanitarians and even a U.S. surgeon general, all of whom happen to be women.
Thanks to Ms. Shevitz, 714,000 students are learning that this month.
As a "gender equity specialist" for the state Department of Education, she develops the public school curriculum for Women's History Month in March.
"I have been impressed, amazed and moved by the diversity of women who have done incredible things and also by how little recognition many of them have gotten," she says.
She considers celebrating women's history particularly important since elementary school students often fail her simple test: They can name five famous men but not five famous women.
"When women aren't studied, students have a sense women didn't do anything," says Ms. Shevitz, 48, who lives in Greenbelt.
But by this time of year, her daughter and husband often have heard enough about trailblazing women.
"My family gets tired," she says. "A few months before March they say, 'If we have to hear about one more famous woman. . . .'" Maurice "HotRod" Hulbert has parlayed a way with words into an illustrious radio career.
A recent inductee into the Black Radio Hall of Fame in Atlanta, he has worked with such legends as Ray Charles, set trends for the industry and held every conceivable job -- including his current one as general manager of WEBB-AM and WBGR-AM radio in Baltimore.
"My staff tells me to slow down, but I love the challenge," says Mr. Hulbert, a great-grandfather who lives in West Baltimore.
After becoming one of the first black disc jockeys in Memphis, he moved to Baltimore in the early 1950s. "Baltimore at that time had announcers, not disc jockeys. They were staid gentlemen who read scripts without oomph or excitement. I was excited," he says.
Mr. Hulbert was so excited that at one point he was working simultaneously in Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore. He finally settled here in part because of his appreciation for "the black heritage music" being played on WBGR (gospel) and WEBB (jazz and blues).
"This music is part of the soul," says Mr. Hulbert, whose clever patter earned him the nickname "HotRod."
And where is he zooming off to next?
"Nowhere," he says. "This ought to be it, don't you think?"