Badges mean nothing in themselves, but they mark a certain achievement and they are a link between the rich and the poor.

For when one girl sees a badge on a sister Scout’s arm, if that girl has won the same badge, it at once awakens an interest and sympathy between them.

– Juliette Gordon Low

Sounds like a plan for changing the way we respect and appreciate each other, doesn’t it? It’s revolutionary when you consider that Juliette Gordon Low was born a Southern Belle. During the Civil War, she watched her mother argue for abolition and her father fight her as a staunch supporter of slavery and institutionalized gender roles.

This prompted Crazy Daisy, as she was known in boarding school, to act out. She wanted to study the sciences in school and knew she’d never realize the same opportunities as boys. So you can imagine Juliette’s excitement when she met and befriended the founder of the Boy Scouts, Baden-Powell. Powell encouraged her to create the Girl Scouts and to find a way to bridge the disparities and prejudices she hated.

So when the Girl Scout troops started selling cookies to provide financial support for their activities and programs, it was a perfect stroke of genius to see the “courage-boosting, confidence-inspiring, and character-building activities” that bridged differences between girls. Rich or poor, every young girl could be an entrepreneur and financially literate, learning to market, sell and set cookie goals.

So in an ode to the strength and classic longevity of Juliette Gordon Low’s desire to forge rich and lasting opportunities for all girls, WomanScape is proud to promote the sale of two important landmark Girl Scout products.

The first is the most popular cookie in the Scouts fundraising batch, Girl Scout Thin Mints Cookie. They are always an after-dinner treat at family gatherings with mouth-watering crispy wafers covered in a chocolate coating and made with natural oil of peppermint.

The second product we’d like to promote today is the Girl Scouts’ current CEO’s new book, Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist. You’ll learn more about Sylvia Acevedo, another woman making history, in tomorrow’s post.

As the new leader of the Girl Scouts of America, Sylvia continues the traditions set by Juliette while sharing her personal experiences with young middle school scouts.

Rose McInerney

Author Rose McInerney

Rose combines her love of all things artfully-designed to connect women to a shared community of learning and a richer, more fulfilled self. As a passionate storyteller, published writer, and international traveler, Rose believes women can build a better world through powerful storytelling.

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