Capito hosts Girls Rise Up event with Marshall Health CEO, students

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) today brought Marshall Health CEO Beth “Buffy” Hammers and Marshall University medical student and resident physician to Barboursville Middle School to promote women’s empowerment, education, fitness , and self-esteem.

During the event, Senator Capito, Buffy Hammers and the medical students – both attending Barbersville Middle School – met with sixth graders as part of Senator Capito
Girls Rise Up Program. Students had the opportunity to hear about their personal experiences as female leaders and learn more about the importance of having more women in the healthcare workforce. Today’s event marks the 27th since the program launched in 2015.

“Today marks our first Girls Rise Up event with Marshall Health, and I was thrilled to have female pioneer Buffy Hammers by my side, as well as a Marshall University medical student and physician who excel in their fields.”
Senator Capito said. “Young West Virginia girls need to know that they can achieve anything they set their mind to, and these women are living proof of that.” I am confident that the students at Barboursville Middle School will succeed and, most importantly, improve each day.”

“Thank you Senator Capito for making this a priority. I share her passion for empowering young women,”
Buffy Hammers said. “These young ladies need to know that they can do anything they set their minds to and that they have the power to make a difference. Both of my children attended Barboursville Middle School, so I appreciate the opportunity to share my story and hopefully inspire a new generation of female healthcare leaders right here in our community.”

“As the first woman elected to the United States Senate from West Virginia, Senator Capito has been an inspiration to me personally. I welcomed the opportunity for her and Buffy,
whose children were our former students to share their stories and the Girls Rise Up program with our sixth form girls. “Goal setting, self-belief and hard work are part of our tenets at Barboursville Middle School, so this program and their visit was a perfect fit.” Kerry Smith, principal of Barbersville Middle School, said.

Senator Capito launched the West Virginia Girls Rise Up program in 2015 to empower young West Virginia women and empower them to be strong and kind female leaders. The program focuses on three areas: education, fitness and self-esteem.

Photos from today’s event are included below:


U.S. Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (RW.Va.) hosts a West Virginia Girls Rise Up event with Marshall Health at Barboursville Middle School in Barboursville, W.Va. on Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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U.S. Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (RW.Va.) hosts a West Virginia Girls Rise Up event with Marshall Health at Barboursville Middle School in Barboursville, W.Va. on Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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U.S. Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (RW.Va.) hosts a West Virginia Girls Rise Up event with Marshall Health at Barboursville Middle School in Barboursville, W.Va. on Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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U.S. Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (RW.Va.) hosts a West Virginia Girls Rise Up event with Marshall Health at Barboursville Middle School in Barboursville, W.Va. on Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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