The program goals are to: (1) teach girls the importance of female involvement in public service, the responsibility it entails, and the opportunity it provides; and (2) impart exemplary values in future leaders – values that unite, uplift and inspire regardless of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability.
Ms President US is a non-partisan, non-profit, community-based initiative that focuses on civic engagement and leadership skills for girls entering 4th through 8th grades. Through the program, girls learn about public speaking, diplomacy and listening skills, local/state/federal government, and women’s history while having an opportunity to meet and greet exemplary female leaders. The program culminates with a campaign and election for Ms President US of Ridgefield. The winner will be invited to accompany Ridgefield’s First Selectman, Rudy Marconi, at appearances and speaking engagements throughout the year, until the next Ms President US of Ridgefield is elected.
The program will launch in Ridgefield CT in 2017-2018. With the support of our partners, the program will be promoted for replication in other towns in subsequent years.
While there are some wonderful programs focused on inspiring High School girls to engage in civic leadership, there are no community-based initiatives (currently known) that focus on engaging younger girls. The Ms President US program aims to reach girls at a pivotal age, before their self-esteem transitions from peak to plummet, as commonly takes place during the Middle School years.
Founded on November 9, 2016, Ms President US (MPU) is one of the nonprofit organizations under the Friends of Ridgefield Community Programs umbrella, a 501(c)(3).
IN OTHER WORDS…
“We need to move beyond the idea that girls can be leaders and create the expectation that they should be leaders.”
Condoleezza Rice, the first female National Security Advisor, and the first female African-American Secretary of State. Served under Republican President George W. Bush, 2001 -2009.
Girls, “never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Concession Speech, Nov 9 2016. Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election. The first female candidate to be nominated for president by a major US political party.