Women from Chattooga and Floyd counties recently traveled to Atlanta for the annual Women’s Day at the Capitol hosted by Representative Barbara Massey Reece.

Also attending the event were students and factulty memvers from Chattooga and Trion high Schools as well as Arcmuchee, Coosa, and Model.

The group was seated in the House of Representatives chambers where they were addressed by Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Department of Labor Assistant Commissioner Andrea Harper, and Clerk of the House Robbie Rivers. Rome resident Ashley Burton spoke about her experiences at the Rome Day Reporting Center. Jessica Cook, Lyerly Elementary School, was honored with a House Resolution commending her for being chosen Teacher of the Year for the Chattooga School System.

During lunch in the Floyd Building, Nellie Duke and Linda Torrence reported on "The Status of Women in Georgia." The study was a joint project of the Georgia Women’s Institute and the Georgia Commission on Women. Emma Pickle, a Menlo resident, shared information on internships available with state agencies. Emma is currently an intern in the Governor’s Office of Communications. She has recently interned with the federal Fish and Game Department. Emma is a student at Emory University.

Since Rep. Reece began hosting Women’s Day in 1999, over 1,000 women and students from across House District 11 have had an opportunity to learn more about their Capitol and state government departments.