Women’s History Month 2012: The Girls Scouts

17 Mar

Thank you to my dear friend Jennifer Carey for inspiring me to write this story.  This March, Women’s History Month, celebrates 100 years of service and education for girls.  It was March of 1912 that Juliette Gordon inducted 18 girls into the Girl Guides, which became the Girl Scouts.  In the past 100 years, there have been over 50 million Girl Scouts who have pledged to: “to serve my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.”  As we saw back in January, the Girl Scouts refuse to cave into bigoted factions that only serve to divide Americans–Brava, Girl Scouts.  The Boy Scouts could learn a great deal about social justice from you.

Fortunately, there will be a huge celebration of the centennial of the Girl Scouts this June.  On June 9, the National Mall will play host to the largest of the festivities, “Rock the Mall,” a sing-along expected to bring together some 200,000 Girl Scouts, friends and family from around the world.

Let us remember that, “Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout.”

9 Responses to “Women’s History Month 2012: The Girls Scouts”

  1. Christine Noble March 17, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Yeah, the GSUSA are my heroes now. Kind of wish I had been out when I was nine, though honestly, I got beat up for reading so I’m not so sure “I want to be a girl” would have gone over well.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 17, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      That breaks my heart that you got beaten up for reading! You would have been a great Girl Scout, Christine and you would have been welcomed with open arms.

      • Christine Noble March 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

        Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a constant thing. Though it did make coming out, even with the uber-liberal parents I had, not really an option, what with how the neighbor kids would have been. But yeah, Ronald Reagan’s America was not a happy place to be a quiet, bookish child.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

        What is even sadder is that now Reagan looks like a socialist compared to the current crop of GOP Presidential candidates. At the time, I had no idea it could get worse than the 12 years that were the Reagan/Bush years.

      • Christine Noble March 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

        Yes he does and neither did I.

  2. nevercontrary March 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I bought 5 boxes of cookies this year. I don’t even eat cookies. Gotta Support!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

      That was lovely, Bonnie! Good for you.

    • Dienna March 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

      Those cookies are something else! And the Girl Scouts sell the mess out of them.

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