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Media Release

For Immediate Release: March 15, 2012
Contacts on Day of Event: Charlotte Warren, 207.441.9116 (cell), cwarren@mainewomen.org

State House Halls Filled Today with Maine’s Future Leaders – Girls!
The Sixteenth Annual Girls’ Day at the State House Engages 106 Girls in Policymaking

(Augusta)  – Today, girls were in the majority at the Maine State House. That’s because the Maine Women’s Policy Center’s 16th Annual Girls’ Day at the State House brought 106 girls from across Maine together with more than 50 volunteers, lobbyists, and legislators for a day of learning, leadership, and exploration.

The event, hosted by the Maine Women’s Policy Center, was sponsored by AT&T, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, Plum Creek, and dozens of individuals and corporations. The day provided a diverse group of girls the opportunity to learn how they can have an impact in the policymaking process. Held each year to commemorate Women’s History Month, Girls’ Day at the State House teaches girls about the legislative process and the important role women play in shaping public policy.

Throughout the day, girls debated legislation and worked with real lobbyists and journalists in organizing mock public hearings and mock press conferences. The girls met with women leaders from the legislature, from Governor LePage’s administration, and Chief Justice Leigh Saufley. They also participated in a “Get To Know Your State House” scavenger hunt.

“Girls’ Day enables young women to envision themselves as leaders and learn how to voice their opinions,” said Maine Women’s Policy Center Associate Director, Charlotte Warren. “Our hope is that these young women come away with real insights into the political process and a feeling of excitement about participating in it,” she continued. As, Maggie, a previous participant said, “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.”

The Maine Women’s Policy Center, founded in 1990, is a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve the lives of Maine women and girls through public policy and leadership development. www.mainewomenspolicycenter.org.

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