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Rural Girls Ready to Take Up 'Power Trip'

Young female trailblazers from rural and regional Australia have the opportunity to take on the nation’s most powerful through the Country to Canberra Leadership Competition, launched this week.

As part of the program, at least 15 winners from across the nation will travel to Australia’s capital on an all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ to represent their states.

Anita had the story on today's Country Viewpoint.

Country to Canberra is asking applicants to submit a 2-minute video or 400 word entry answering the question: 'Life is a roadtrip with twists and turns. How can we support one another to navigate the road to gender equality?’.

Spokesperson Hannah Worsley explained: “Just 32% of federal politicians are female, and we know there are more men called Andrew running our ASX 200 companies than women combined."

“We want to change this by empowering students, giving them an opportunity to come up with innovative solutions.

“We also know that distance, time and funding barriers can make life tough for rural students.

"Through our competition and prize, we support country kids and their education.”

2017 winner, Eliza Nelligan from Port Lincoln praised the initiative’s impact saying: "It has been a massive influence on my life. The Power Trip taught me so much, and encouraged me to go after my goals."

All eligible rural female high school students are encouraged to take part.

"This could be the kick-start you need. We want to be a microphone for the voices of young, bright future-leaders," Ms Worsley said.

For more details visit countrytocanberra.com.au, entries close 11pm AEST, 1 September 2018.

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