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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Host Girl Scout Day at the Capitol

March 8, 2012

Celebrating Girl Scout Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Girl Scouts of Connecticut supported further opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while highlighting innovative Girl Scout programs aimed at teaching girls important leadership skills that they can use throughout their lives.

Over 100 people were in attendance at the Legislative Office Building’s 2nd floor atrium, including numerous Girl Scouts who were meeting with local legislators about the importance of STEM to 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. In Connecticut, Girl Scouts are encouraging girls in these fields because they are truly capable. Girl Scout Corrine Winklow, a successful Girl Scout in STEM, shared her experiences during a press conference.

“Without Girl Scouts, my desire to learn more STEM would still be a small sprout,” Winklow said. “But, now it is growing into a tree. [And] whatever career path I take, the STEM programs I do now with Girl Scouts will help me find the way.”

During the press conference, new members of the legislature were inducted or reinvested into the Honorary Girl Scout Troop at the Capitol. Honorary Troop Leader, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, passed the torch of leadership to Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, who is Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s honorary spokeswoman for the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting. The Secretary of the State was honored with a certificate for her role in the Honorary Girl Scout Troop.

The Lieutenant Governor addressed all Girl Scouts in attendance with an important message to take away from their day of civic engagement.

“If you really want to become something, you can, and you will,” Wyman said. “Just set your goals and work hard at it.”

The bi-partisan Girl Scout Troop at the Capitol provides a forum for members in both the Executive and Legislative Branches of government to gather around important issues affecting girls and women today. Governor Dannel P. Malloy provided the Girl Scouts with a proclamation declaring the day Girl Scout Day at the Capitol.

 “We are honored to have such a distinguished group of leaders to serve as role models for Girl Scouts and women throughout Connecticut,” said Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

Current members of Honorary Girl Scout Troop 210 at the Capitol include:

Dannel P. Malloy                Governor
Nancy Wyman                Lieutenant Governor
Denise Merrill                    Secretary of the State
Denise Nappier                Treasurer
Kevin Lembo                    Comptroller
George Jepsen                    Attorney General

Representatives: Joe Aresimowicz, Christie Carpino, Michelle Cook, James Crawford, Chris Donovan, Speaker of the House, Mae Flexer, Janice Giegler, Noreen Kokoruda, Gail Lavielle, Russell Morin, Sandy Nafis, Lonnie Reed, Kim Rose, Pam Sawyer, Jonathan Steinberg, Toni Walker, Patricia Widlitz, Elissa Wright

Senator Steve Cassano

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