The first American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation was held August 9-14, 1947, with 82 girls and 41 states represented and has been going strong ever since! In order to attend this unique "hands on" Federal Government training session, one must first have attended a Girls State session and been selected by that state to represent them at Girls Nation. The Girls Nation "senators" are divided into two political "parties". The parties do not reflect the two major political parties in today's system, but allow citizens to gain a special knowledge of how the system works.