“How appropriate,” said Mrs. Helen Spirn, SKA’s head of school, in her introduction, “to hear from such an important woman like Congresswoman Rice on Rosh Chodesh Adar, a month in which a woman played such an important role.”
The juniors of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, all of whom are taking a government class, were honored with a visit from Congresswoman Kathleen Rice on Thursday, February 19. The charismatic Democratic congresswoman, who represents the 4th Congressional District of New York, spoke to the students about the role of women in government and policy-making decisions. This was her second visit to SKA; several years ago she addressed sophomores and parents on substance-abuse prevention in her position as district attorney of Nassau County.
“There is nothing you can’t do,” Congresswoman Rice exhorted the girls. In describing her childhood, she noted that her mother was her hero, always telling her she could do anything. As district attorney, she ran for Congress and took the seat away from an incumbent who had been in office for 30 years. She urged the girls to get politically active and stressed how important women’s votes are in elections.
A vocal supporter of Israel, Congresswoman Rice told the girls how crucial it is to make one’s voice known in Washington and to let Americans know that Israel is their most important ally in the Middle East. She promised that she would be sitting in her seat when Prime Minister Netanyahu comes to address Congress about the dangers of Iran.
SKA’s 10th grade looks forward to visiting Congresswoman Rice in Washington on their lobbying trip in a few weeks.