Sylvia hopes to increase the number of young girls participating in the Scouts program and her new book, describes the advantages of being a Girl Scout. It also tells parents that girls who graduate from the Scout program achieve higher levels of performance in school and later in life.
The human capital factor is a big part of Sylvia’s book, Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist. Sylvia says that half of the women in Congress were once Girl Scouts and it makes sense in today’s technological age to develop as many passions and talents as possible.
When it comes to achievement, Sylvia understands the challenges that parents face and she also knows that racial and economic discrimination can be overwhelming. Having served on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Sylvia plans to introduce more technology badges that help girls to be cyber safe, to code and to learn how to hack and prevent hacking.
The huge number of girls who have or currently participate in the Girl Scout program illustrates how many people recognize the value and opportunities present. Globally, there are over 10 million girls who belong to the Girl Scouts or Girl Guides(Canadian/British namesake) organization in over 145 countries. It is the largest leadership organization in the world, and there are more than 50 million American women alive today who were Girl Scouts growing up.
Maybe you recognize some of these famous faces?
Queen Elizabeth II is definitely the most royal scout but how about these actors: Lucille Ball, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mary Tyler Moore, Candice Bergen, Debbie Reynolds, Bette Davis and Carrie Fisher? And, there’s more, including journalists like Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, Jane Pauley, and Robin Roberts.
There are loads of entertainers and activists (kinda the same thing these days, right?) like Gloria Steinem, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, and Mariah Carey. And for all the sports fans out there, how about these star athletes: Venus Williams, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Peggy Fleming, Lolo Jones and Dorothy Hamill?
Sally Ride and a large number of female astronauts are former girl scouts, and all three Secretary of States – Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, and Condoleezza Rice – have all been Girl Scouts. It gets even crazier when you learn 75% of our female senators and 51% of all women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives have been Girl Scouts at some time.
There are all kinds of interesting trivia from Girl Scout history, but what stands out is how inclusive the scouts have always been.
For example, the Girl Scouts were one of the first organizations to include disabled girls in its founding year (1912) and in 2014, they admitted a 7-year-old transgender girl in to a Colorado troop, stating that if the child identifies as a girl and her family presents her as a girl, the Girl Scouts welcomes her as a Girl Scout.
So what if you already knew many of these names and fun facts? We’ve created a fun quiz for you to really test your knowledge. Enjoy and see you tomorrow for Fun Friday as we take a bite out of cookies.
Quiz Your Girl Scout Knowledge!
We have spent the week learning about the amazing story of Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scout organization, but let’s see if you know these interesting facts below….
- Aretha Franklin
- Queen Elizabeth II
- Helen Mirren
- Sold the family estate in Savannah, Georgia
- Her marriage
- Sold her pearl jewelry
- The Girl Scout Pinnacle Award
- The Girl Scout Golden Award
- Golden Eaglet Award
- The most popular fundraiser in the U.S.
- The largest girl-led business in the world
- The most delicious fundraiser
- Barack Obama
- Martin Luther King
- Oprah Winfrey
- Peggy Fleming
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee
- Dorothy Hamill
- The largest leadership organization in the world
- More inclusive than the Boy Scouts U.S.A.
- An organization focused on empowering girls
- Customer Insights
- Savvy Shopper
- 2.5 million
- 1.5 million
10. Girl Scout Leader’s Day is celebrated every April 22 to honor all leaders and mentors in Girl Scouts to:
- Recruit new leaders
- For Girl Scouts to thank their leaders and volunteers
- To give leaders a day off
Answers: 1-B, 2-C, 3-B, 4-B, 5-B, 6-all of the above, 7-A,8-all of the above, 9-B, 10- B