More than 150 Women gathered for Women’s Day at The Capitol

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The third annual Florida Women's Day at the Capitol was held Thursday, on the 22nd floor of the House building at the State Capitol.

Florida Women's Day at the Capitol is an initiative catered to educating and engaging women across the state of Florida about the legislative process and how their voices can be heard.

The all-day event lasted from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and included lectures on various topics from women leaders in the state of Florida, a luncheon and a guided tour of the Capitol.

FWDATC Chair, Deborah Cox-Roush explained the process for the annual event. 

"There's a lot of research that goes into putting the event together," she said. "We went to eight cities across Florida and also did surveys to see what issues are the most important to the women."

Some of the issues were the importance of civic engagement, updates on women in the workforce and how a bill becomes a law.

"We get a lot of feedback from the women when we travel to different cities," Cox-Roush added. "This year we got a lot of women wanting to know about how to get resources."

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women, who also helped to research, plan and execute the event wanted to make sure women were aware of the issues in front of them.

Commissioner, Lady Dhyana Ziegler believes women should have a larger role in the political process.

"The goal is to inspire women of all ethic groups and ages to achieve all that they want to achieve," Ziegler said. "We want more women involved in advocacy work, mentoring and to help push legislation through through from inception to law."

Keynote speaker, Karen B. Moore, CEO of Moore Communications Group, gave the address during lunch. This was Moore's first time attending the event but said thta she'll definitely come back.

This was the first year I've taken part, but the agenda was great and I'll be back," Moore said. "We need to make sure that participants are as diverse as the state is. Young women need to know about these opportunities but we have to reach out and engage them."

There was also women, ages ranging from 10-14 that were being recognized for their achievements in areas such as: writings, philanthropy and efforts in wanting to make a difference.

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