Women’s History Facts: Girl Scouts of America

Today mark the 95th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America.  Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouting in 1912 in Savannah, Ga., with one troop of 18 girls, and since then more than 50 million girls have built leadership skills through Girl Scouting. (Quoted from Girl Scouts Site – http://www.girlscouts.org/news/news_releases/2007/girl_scouts_turns_95.asp)

Mrs. Gordon wanted to do something that would impact the world and had been researching options.. when in 1911 she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.  In 1912 after putting her time in energy into the youth movement — she returned to the United States and made her historic telephone call to a friend (a distant cousin), saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!” On March 12, 1912, Juliette Low gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. Margaret “Daisy Doots” Gordon, her niece and namesake, was the first registered member. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year. (Quoted from http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/history/low_biography/)

Congratulations to the Girl Scouts!

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