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Girl Scouts from across the state make their voices heard at State Capitol event

Girl Scouts talk issues with local legislators, pin legislators as members of the Capitol troop

STATEWIDE, CONN. (March 15, 2018) –Today, 29 Girl Scouts from across the state traveled to the State Capitol for Lunch with your Legislator, a Girl Scout program where girls have the opportunity to voice their concerns about issues affecting their community, meet and have lunch with their local legislators, and tour the Capitol and learn about state government.

Girls began their morning listening to female leaders in the state talk about the importance of civic action and how we need more women in office making positive change.  “What Girl Scouts fundamentally teaches you is how to be a leader, and we need more women leaders. Leadership is about listening to other people and bringing people together on an idea” said Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill.

Girls also broke out into groups and looked at the topic of sexual harassment, exploring ways to reduce the issue on college campuses. Girls also met with their local state legislators for lunch and talked about issues including equal rights, school safety, healthcare, and more. “I’ve learned that in order to be successful, it isn’t what you do or don’t know, it’s that you believe in yourself.” stated Girl Scout Victoria, West Hartford.

The event closed with a press conference where Girl Scouts pinned the local legislators as members of the Honorary Girl Scout Troop at the Capitol. This troop is led by Connecticut Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill.