Carolyn Potter and Madison Westrich, eighth graders at Wiscasset Middle High School, joined 100 girls from across Maine at the State House March 29 for a dynamic and immersive day learning about how our state government works, the importance of women’s leadership, and how young women can have a voice on issues they care about.
Potter and Westrich studied the ins and outs of the legislative process through activities led by State House lobbyists, staff and volunteer mentors. A high point for both of them was participating in a discussion about LD 94, the bill concerning the law prohibiting the dissemination of obscene material to minors. They were also excited about a presentation given by Kelli McCannell, Executive Director of Hardy Girls, Healthy Women, who spoke about the impact of negative societal messages in the media and law on women and girls. Potter and Westrich noted how inspiring it was to be among so many students their age who were respectful of one another’s ideas and opinions. They both made friends with girls from all over the state and came away truly inspired. The day of advocacy and activism was capped off by a visit from Gov. Janet Mills.
Girls’ Day at the State House, organized by the Maine Women’s Lobby Education Fund and now in its 23rd year, works in partnership with the Maine Women’s Lobby to help women and girls realize their full potential by promoting equal opportunity. For more information, visit www.mainewomen.org/mwl/edfund