Girl Scouts of Connecticut Hosting Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 7
February 15, 2012
Girl Scouts of Connecticut will be joined by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, legislators, Girl Scouts, and supporters on Girl Scout Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 7. The focus of the day is for Girl Scouts to discuss and advocate for key issues impacting girls statewide.
A press conference will be held at 11:00 a.m., which will detail Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s commitment to more educational opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for girls. According to a recently released study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, Generation STEM: What girls say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, a majority of girls find STEM fields interesting, but only a small percentage pursue the fields as their top career choice. In fact, 57 percent of girls say that if they went into a STEM field, they would have to work harder than a man to be taken seriously. Girl Scouts of Connecticut believes that these attitudes must be changed to ensure that girls have just as much opportunity to succeed in these critical fields for the future. For further information on the Girl Scout Research Institute, visit http://www.girlscouts.org/research/.
Immediately following the press conference, a reception will be held in which legislators can become a part of the Honorary Girl Scout Troop at the Capitol. This is a group of bi-partisan policymakers who are committed to advancing important issues for girls, including healthy living, internet safety, cyberbullying, and STEM opportunities. Secretary Merrill will be handing the torch of Honorary Girl Scout Troop Leader to Lieutenant Governor Wyman, who is also the 100th Anniversary spokesperson for the organization.
“This day is an important part of what our organization is about,” Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Jennifer Smith Turner said. “We are advocates for all girls and a voice for girls statewide. It is important that girls have an opportunity to speak with their own legislators, as the legislators can hear from the girls themselves about critical issues concerning them.”
All Girl Scouts, supporters, friends, and family are welcome to attend the day’s festivities.