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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 29, 2023

In recognition of March as Women’s History Month, the Montgomery County Commission for Women, Montgomery County Public Libraries and Friends of the Library Montgomery County, Inc. is holding its Sixth Annual “Girl Power Contest.” County residents, ages 5 and up, are encouraged to submit a short story, poem, drawing or entry in the medium of their choice that addresses this year’s theme. The deadline for entries is midnight on Friday, March 31.

In 2022, the Montgomery County Council made history as voters in November elected the County’s first female-majority Council. In honor of this milestone, the following question is the theme for this year’s Girl Power Contest: We now have six women on the Montgomery County Council. What advice would you give them to make sure our community is a place where women and girls can feel safe and encouraged?

Entries typically are short stories, poems and drawings. However, creativity is encouraged, and alternative creative expressive submissions are welcomed. Entries will be judged on creativity and content. Winning entries will be selected in four categories: elementary school, middle school, high school and adult.

Submissions are limited to one per person. Written entries should be a maximum of 500 words. Entries should include the entrant’s full name, age, grade and school (if applicable), phone number and email address.

Winners will be announced in April. All winners will be featured on Commission for Women's social media and receive a swag bag. Entries for the 2023 Girl Power Contest should be submitted online to 2023 Girl Power Contest Form (

Entries submitted by minors must include written permission from a parent or guardian and be the minor’s own work.

All entries become the property of the Montgomery County Commission for Women and may be used for publicity purposes. The contest is sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women, Montgomery County Public Libraries and Friends of the Library, Montgomery County.

For more information about the Girl Power Contest, call 240-777-8300 or visit

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Release ID: 23-133
Media Contact: Neil H. Greenberger 240-205-1915