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April 26, 2012 — On the 20th anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Girl Scouts, Girls Incorporated, and Women's Policy Inc. teamed up to host the annual Congressional Take Our Daughters to Work Day on Capitol Hill. Girl Scouts shadowed female Members of Congress as they spent the day shaping public policy.
This rare opportunity to experience firsthand, a day in the life of a Congresswoman gave girls a unique perspective on the essential role of female leaders in Congress where women comprise only 17% of its membership. Girls Scouts encountered almost every step of the legislative process throughout the day. They learned the specifics of Congressional office management, joined their host Member as she met with constituents, attended committee briefings, and even voted on the House floor.
Later, Girl Scouts discussed their experiences and impressions over lunch. Three Congresswomen stopped by to speak to the girls about the legislative process and female leadership. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson credited discipline and focus as the keys to being a successful leader. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke to the importance of having mentors and how maintaining and building those relationships can be the foundation of a career. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee closed the program with inspiring words about the importance of self-respect and how empowering it can be.