Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky visited Girl Scout Troop 40210 at Washington School on April 27, answering questions about Air Force One, Barack Obama, her favorite book and her campaigns.

“What did you want to be when you grew up?” asked one of the Scouts.

“When I was a girl, there were not as many options for girls as for you now. What do you all want to be?” the Congresswoman asked.

Many of the answers combined arts and science: an author and a singer; an actress; an artist; a dancer in the Joffrey Ballet; a scientist; an artist and a fashionista; a scientist, a vet and an actor.

As the Scouts gathered around her on a rug on the floor of the Washington School library, the Congresswoman gave them a hands-on demonstration of a House of Representatives debate, telling them about a law in Illinois that no child under the age of 13 can be left alone. She called for volunteers to represent each side of a debate about whether that law should be repealed, and, acting as Speaker of the House, she allowed them to state their opinion.