Girls Nation to the Capital
By Haley Worth Girls Nation provides a week-long experience for girls in Washington, D.C. and is typically held in the same year as Girls State. Four girls are chosen from each ALA Girls State session, two delegates and two alternates, each an outstanding accomplishment. After numerous interviews four girls are narrowed down for this honor to expand their leadership skills and dive deeper into just how American democracy works and looks like. For example, the girls participate in a mock legislature, meet with their state senators and representatives, discuss local issues and share bills they have written, and also participate in field trips to see the historical Washington monuments, Arlington National Cemetery, and the White House.
The girls are “senators”. One of the most recent girls to attend Girls Nation is Marissa Gertz. “ Girls Nation is the national level of girls' state. The process includes the girls creating a bill while following the guidelines provided. They then turn them in and we review them” says Gertz. “ Girls Nation is highly respected. Interviews are not easy and ensure that the girls know their bills and are knowledgeable on many aspects of their bill.”