At Girls State, women rule

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Want a sneak peek into the minds of Wyoming’s future leaders? Sixty-three of them are in Cheyenne this week learning the ins and outs of government.

Wyoming’s 77th annual Girls State, hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary, teaches talented high school juniors about the processes that underpin our democracy. The girls have a judiciary, hold elections for local, state and federal offices, pass legislation, and caucus with members of their political party.

“I’ve been a part of the Senate and we got through bills and how that works,” said Tatum Zimmerman, a senator for the Federalist Party from Worland. “You learn a lot about the government that I didn’t know before hand.”

Volunteers from the American Legion Auxiliary run the program, many taking vacation from work so girls from around the state can gain the experience and leadership skills Girls State provides.