Honoring female leaders of the past while empowering the leaders of tomorrow.
As the largest girl-led organization in the world, it is no surprise that many female leaders over the past 106 years are Girl Scout alumnae. The month of March gives Girl Scouts the perfect opportunity to learn about these strong female leaders throughout history during Women in History Month, and explore how these women made discoveries and broke down barriers as true G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders).
In the United States, 90 percent of female astronauts, 80 percent of female tech leaders, 75 percent of current senators, and all U.S. Secretaries of State participated in Girl Scouts. This all started with Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low, who recognized that girls were natural-born leaders when she founded the first troop in 1912, years before American women could vote or attend most Ivy League colleges. Low dedicated her life to help as many girls as possible reach their potential by seeking out leadership positions while making the world a better place. Since then, many strong female public figures, such as Venus and Serena Williams, Barbara Walters, Taylor Swift, Katie Couric and more, built courage, confidence, and character as a Girl Scout.
It is through commitment to providing girls with the resources they need to become Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders that Girl Scouts has helped to build these strong female leaders. With programming in STEM, leadership, and outdoors, girls are able to challenge themselves and grow in a safe all-girl environment. The Girl Scout Cookie Program and Fall Product Program allow girls to learn entrepreneurial skills like financial literacy and goal setting, which will give them the tools they need to eventually start their own company or lead an organization. Additionally, the Girl Scout Gold Award teaches girls to identify a local and/or global issue and take the steps to lead others in working to solve that problem. By earning the Gold Award, girls are learning to take on challenges and solve real-world problems that they otherwise may have felt incapable of doing.
Programs like the Girl Scout Gold Award help girls to become the leaders of tomorrow by building their courage, confidence, and character. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute:
- 4 in 5 Girl Scouts consider themselves leaders compared to 2 in 5 non-Girl Scouts.
- 79% of Girl Scouts participate in civic engagement activities compared to 37% of non-Girl Scouts.
- 96% of Gold Award Girl Scouts attribute Girl Scouts with providing leadership opportunities they couldn’t get elsewhere.
- 3 in 4 girls say that because of Girl Scouts, they have become a leader in activities with their friends, classmates, and in their community.
Girl Scouts believes in the potential of every girl, and that given the right tools she can achieve anything she sets her mind to. Through Girl Scout programming, girls are encouraged to exhibit the same female leadership qualities as the women that they learn about during Women in History Month, empowering them to be the leaders of tomorrow.