“It’s important to vote so you can pick our leaders. Those are the people who will take care of us. When I turn 18, I can’t wait to vote,” said Chloe, a Girls Inc. girl who attended our She Votes Election Day Camp.
On November 3rd, Election Day, we hosted our She Votes Election Day Camp, an all-day event empowering girls to take the lead! From 7AM-7:30PM, girls participated in fun and educational activities to build leadership skills and learn the importance of civic engagement. This camp also served to provide parents some peace of mind while heading to the polls. Our camp allowed parents to vote without worrying they might expose their children to COVID-19 while waiting in line to vote.
Throughout the day, girls at both our Love Field and South Dallas campuses learned about the structure of government, the election process, and the importance of voting. Girls practiced these skills by voting on issues that directly affected them, such as snacks and activities. They also studied the history of women in politics and women’s right to vote. Additionally, they created posters encouraging others to vote and held a raffle for a Yara Shahidi Voter Barbie.
The world of politics is filled with rich opportunities for girls to become engaged with how decisions are made at all levels of government, as well as learn about the impact these decisions have on our lives. Yet, women, and particularly women of color, remain underrepresented in the political realm. She Votes is a national initiative of Girls Inc. that is designed to give girls the skills and confidence they need to envision themselves as future voters and as future candidates. We believe that the recruitment of women into political leadership must start with girls!