Girls Day at the Capitol

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (9:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M.)

Where: Connecticut State Capitol

Who: Young women in grades 8-12

What: An opportunity for students to learn about civic engagement and how they can take an active role in shaping the future

Cost: Free! (Including lunch and bus transportation!)

We have a waiting list! Please contact Tina Carlson, Programs Coordinator, to sign your class up for the waiting list.


Girls Day at the Capitol is a forum for young women in grades 8-12 to explore the stories of the Connecticut women who fought to secure their right to vote, hear from high-level women in government, discuss the issues most important to them, and learn about the legislative process and how they can use their own voices to address 21st-century challenges.Through the day’s sessions, participants will explore three possible avenues of civic engagement: voting, grassroots advocacy, and elected office. At the end of the day, participants will pledge to stay informed, use their voices to speak up for change, and—most importantly—vote when they are old enough to do so. Participants will leave with a better understanding of their past and its connection to the present as well as inspiration to take an active role in shaping their future. This is a particularly great opportunity for young women participating in student government or considering running for student government!

Tentative Schedule (subject to change as speakers are confirmed):

9:00-9:30 Arrival & light breakfast

9:30-10:00 Opening Remarks

10:00-10:30 Capitol Tour

10:30-10:45 Snack Break

10:45-11:15 Votes for Women: Connecticut Women Changing Democracy

11:15-11:45 Breakout sessions with grassroots organizers/lobbyists

11:45-12:15 Full group reporting + Q&A with panelists

12:15-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:15 Voting in Connecticut (a conversation with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill)

1:15-2:00 Running for Office and getting involved in a cause

2:00-2:30 Wrap Up & Program Evaluations


Girls Day at the Capital has been generously underwritten by the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation