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“Today I learned women, too, can make a difference. Even if you’re shy, you can be a leader.”
That’s what Amber from Biddeford had to say about her first experience at the Maine State House. This March, more young women like her will learn they, too, can have a role in public life.
Our mission is to increase social, political, and economic opportunities for Maine women and girls through public policy and leadership development. And, Girl's Day is an important part of that goal.
Girls’ Day provides a singular educational and leadership development experience for Maine’s 8th grade girls. Girls from every region of the state—from Kittery to Pembroke to Madawaska—will spend the day learning how our state government works, the important role women play in shaping Maine’s public policy, and how they themselves can have a voice on issues they care about.
Girls’ Day, now in its 16th year, is a popular and highly regarded program with both legislators and girls.
On March 15, 2012, over 100 girls, 50 volunteers, and several dozen elected officials will participate. The program is experiential. Girls work with real women leaders—legislators, mentors, administrative staff, lobbyists, and journalists. They participate in mock public hearings, mock press conferences, a mock vote in the House Chamber, and debate a real bill that is pertinent to their lives.
We recruit and encourage participation from girls in all public and private middle and junior high schools in Maine, as well as from programs that serve at-risk girls.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's what Girls' Day participants had to say...
"I learned women, too, can make a difference. Even if you're shy, you can be a leader." Amber, Biddeford
"I learned be who you are, and you will blossom with finesse." Sadiee, Wales
" I learned so much I don't know where to begin! Although, overall, I learned that I (yes me) and anyone else can do anything! Follow your dreams and believe in yourself." Maggie, Bar Harbor
"This was a great experience for me. It really helped me understand how the government works by actually being a part of it and not just reading about it in a book." Miranda, Farmington
*2012 Photos by Janet Pierce