To the Capitol and Beyond

Girl Scouts with elected officialsLast Friday, a group of girls in Girl Scouts ConnectZ had the opportunity to spend the day at the Minnesota State Capitol with some of the state’s leading decision-makers. Their visit coincided with International Women’s Day, a fitting celebration because the girls met with talented and inspiring women at the Capitol all day–most of whom are Girl Scouts themselves.

Micah Hines, General Counsel to the Office of Governor Mark Dayton, organized the day, which included tours and remarks from key female Minnesota government leaders. Minnesota State Senator Melisa Franzen and River Valleys CEO Linda Keene also joined the girls for the day.

Justice Wilhelmina Wright kicked off the day sharing the story of her path to the Capitol, which included challenges she faced on her way to becoming the first African American woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court. She remarked that growing up, it didn’t matter that she didn’t know any lawyers or politicians because she knew she could do both if she put in the hard work.

After a tour through the Minnesota Judicial Center, the girls took the underground tunnel to the Capitol. There, they met with Attorney General Lori Swanson. As the first female Attorney General in the state of Minnesota, Lori had a lot to tell the girls about achieving success in an area no female has ever gone before. The Girl Scouts had a lot of questions about her education and how she won her election. After Lori’s story, taking turns around the room, each girl said what they wanted to do when they got older. Doctors, lawyers, teachers and artists are some of the professions the girls aspire to be a part of one day.

After a tour of the Capitol, the day wrapped up with lunch and a visit from Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius. To all attendees, it was a successful day at the Capitol led by some of the top female leaders in Minnesota.