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Capitol Girls

February 9, 2017
Iowa State Capitol, East 12th and Grand, Des Moines

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In partnership with the Girl Scouts, the Iowa Department of Human Rights' Office on the Status of Women hosts an annual event for girls in grades 7-12 throughout Iowa called Capitol Girls. On February 9, 2017, girls from across Iowa convened in Des Moines at the Iowa State Capitol to learn about the workings of the Iowa General Assembly and met with the Lt. Governor, female legislators, and other key government leaders to learn about how state laws and budgets are developed and passed.

The day began at 7:30 a.m. with an inside look at the Iowa General Assembly and general guidelines to follow. Girls were introduced in the Iowa Senate and the Iowa House of Representatives, followed by attending committee meetings, meeting with female legislators, participating in a mock debate, and other activities throughout the day. The day concluded at approximately 3:30 p.m. 

If interested in participating in Capitol Girls 2018, please email with questions. Registration will open in the Summer for this program.

Young women can register individually or as a group. If the young woman is already a Girl Scout, the cost is $15; the cost for non-Girl Scouts is $30 which includes a one-year membership to Girl Scouts. The cost for this event covers breakfast and lunch for the day.


 for the 2017 Capitol Girls flyer. 


for the 2017 Schedule (revised Feb. 8, 2017)