Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Mary Barneby brought her expertise on girls and young women to a program at the Ridgefield Library in early October. Barneby emphasized the importance of women having a voice and representing the government.

The program, titled, “Activate Your Girl Power,” was hosted by Ms President US, a girls’ civic leadership program based in Ridgefield. The session focused on the importance of female involvement in civic leadership positions and how women are impacted by decisions made at the local, state, and national levels. Barneby discussed the perennial issues women have faced economically, historically, and politically, noting that women govern differently than men do and emphasized the importance of voting so that all voices can be heard.

“I think the girls were really inspired, and judging by their feedback, they’ve begun to become more confident in themselves as well as recognize the positions that women can — and should — be reaching for so that we can be more represented in government,” said Ellie Carter, a mentor and high school sophomore.

Additionally, 30% of enrolled girls are local Girl Scouts, and earn the Inside Government badge and the Finding Common Ground badge through the program. All girls who participate in the program earn a fun patch.

“We are so grateful for the important partnership with Girl Scouts given our shared mission to encourage girls’ leadership at all levels,” said Liz Fleuette, Ridgefield resident and founder of Ms President US. “With the support of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, we have the potential to reach more girls from all communities, which we aspire to do in the future.”

For more information, visit: mspresidentus.org.