Happy Women’s History Month!
Over the last year, we’ve seen young people speaking up and engaging in our democracy. We’ve also seen more women in public office than ever before. But women still make up less than a quarter of representatives in Congress and there are only nine female governors.
You can’t be what you can’t see. Despite our progress, too many young girls grow up without seeing themselves represented in their government.
It’s important to me that young girls know their ideas?—?and their futures?—?are limitless.
So I’m asking 5th through 8th grade girls in Rhode Island a very special question:
“What would you do if you were Rhode Island’s Governor for a Day?”
– Governor Gina M. Raimondo
This Women’s History Month initiative is open to girls in 5th through 8th grade throughout the state. Interested applicants should apply by March 15, 2019 and answer this question in 400 words or fewer OR in a 1-2 minute video: “What would you do if you were Rhode Island’s Governor for a day?”
Students must submit the following information along with their essay or video:
- Home Address
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Teacher’s Contact Information
- Parent or Guardian Name(s)
- Parent or Guardian Phone Number
Applicants may email their essays or videos as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Google documents or other file sharing services will not be accepted. Videos must be no larger than 14MB, no longer than 2 minutes, and emailed as an attachment. Email submissions must include “2019 GFAD” in the subject line. The Governor’s office will confirm that submissions have been received within 24 hours (72 hours on weekends).
Or they may mail their essays to: “Governor for a Day” Essay Contest, c/o Governor’s Communications Office, 82 Smith Street, Room 110, Providence, RI 02903
Teachers looking to incorporate the essay into their curriculum should feel free to use the attached worksheet.
Best of luck to all applicants!