On My Honor, I Will Try …March 12, 2012
What do Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and I all have in common? Some might argue that we are all tough cookies — I would say that we are all smart cookies — but we are definitely all former Girl Scouts.
One hundred years ago today, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low registered 18 girls for the first American Girl Guides troop. Later renamed the Girl Scouts, more than 50 million famous and not-so-famous girls and women count themselves as alumnae of this organization, which strives to empower girls and build confidence, character, and leadership. In fact, 64 percent of women leaders in the United States today were Girl Scouts, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, astronaut Mae Jemison, professional auto racer Danica Patrick, and news anchor Katie Couric.
AAUW supports the work of the Girl Scouts by encouraging involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, providing funding for anti-bullying programs, and awarding grants for public policy and civic engagement projects. I personally have thrown my financial support behind the Girl Scouts, and I have a freezer full of Thin Mints to prove it.
Happy 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts! Here’s to the next 100 years of women leaders.