The Junior Girl Scouts hosted an incredible line up of women in government for a panel discussion on Wednesday.
Former state representative, Maureen Stapleton; first time political candidates, Mari Manoogian and Nicole Bedi (both running for State Representative); Oakland County Commissioner, Shelley Taub and President of the Pontiac School District Board of Education, and a candidate for State Representative, Brenda Carter.
Maureen and Mari attended Roeper in the lower school and Shelley attended the nursery school. They were all excited to be back on campus!
They had a wonderful discussion about what it means to be a good citizen, not just running for office but voting, getting to know candidates and communicating with elected officials. Our guests talked about why they wanted to participate in government, the struggles they faced and the rewarding experiences they have had in public life. Some of the important take aways were stories from the women about seeing a need for policy change, not finding a representative that was concerned about the same issues and then deciding to run themselves: if you see a need for change, be the change!
Submitted by Girl Scout Leader Andrea Gross who expressed her gratitude for these inspiring women who came to encourage our girls to be future voters and leaders!