By: Charlene Cristobal
June 30, 2014TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Girl power doesn’t even being to describe this week. On Monday, the James Madison Institute hosted a panel for over 300 girls who are participating in the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State program.The panel included House Speaker Marti Coley, Judge Nina Ashenafi Richardson and Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Hildreth of the Florida Highway Patrol.”You come here and you see women like this, doing what they’re doing and championing their causes so energetically and it really restores you faith,” says Jackie Neville, Governor of the Girls State Florida Chapter. “Like, it restored my faith in my own gender to, you know, kick butt in politics and to really show the world what we’re made of.”The panel was just one stop on the girls’ week long journey. The Girls State conference will go through July 3, 2014.