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DPS Hosts First Annual Girls in Politics Event

Female political leaders across Colorado unite to share career advice with 100 DPS students.
Female political leaders came together to share career advice with 100 DPS students on Nov. 9.

On Nov. 9, political leaders across Colorado provided a forum to exchange experiences, ideas and initiatives for increasing the number and influence of women in political leadership positions. Students heard from women who have crafted and implemented Colorado policies.

Girls in Politics is designed for high school girls interested in learning more about careers in politics. Current and former elected officials included Denver Board of Education Member Rosemary Rodriguez; Rep. Leslie Herod; Rep. Faith Winter and former state lawmakers Elbra Wedgeworth and Celina Benavidez.

Also in attendance were be the filmmakers behind Strong Sisters – a documentary about elected women in Colorado. Attendees participated in a panel discussion and breakout sessions.

The overarching message of the event was to “make your voice be heard.”

“Think big,” said former state lawmaker Elbra Wedgeworth. “The only thing that holds us back is ourselves.”