Girls Can Enter Governor for a Day Contest

The essay contest is open to girls in fifth through eighth grade throughout Rhode Island.

“What would you do if you were Rhode Island’s governor for a day?” With this simple question, Governor Gina M. Raimondo is encouraging girls to become leaders in their communities and giving them the opportunity to meet and talk to some current leaders in the state.

Last week, Raimondo announced the “Governor for a Day” essay contest open to girls in fifth through eighth grade throughout the state. The girl with the winning essay will be named “Governor for a Day” and spend a day meeting and speaking with several of our state government leaders.

Raimondo knows the importance of getting girls involved in public service and encouraging them to seek out leadership positions in their community. With this contest, she hopes to make girls realize that they can have a role too.

"Every day I talk with young girls and women — from my own daughter to successful Rhode Island businesswomen — and I am reminded how important it is to expose young girls to the significance of public service," Raimondo says. "Girls should know that with hard work and dedication, the opportunities available to them here in Rhode Island are endless. This essay contest is a chance to engage us all in that conversation."

All essays are due by March 13 and, in 400 words or less, should answer the question: “What would you do if you were Rhode Island's Governor for a Day?” For more information about what to include with the essay, check out the governor’s website. Essays can be emailed to: or mailed to: Governor for a Day Essay Contest, C/O Governor's Communications Office, 82 Smith Street, Room 128 Providence, RI 02903.