To build strong women, we must first build strong girls. For 103 years, the Girl Scouts of the USA has been helping to do just that.
How wonderful that Women’s History Month also encompasses the founding of the Girl Scouts. As a former Scout, I am grateful to the organization for its 103 years of service to, and support of girls. What better way to celebrate women’s history month by celebrating an organization that cultivates and celebrates girls’ talents and skills. After all, Intelligent and curious girls grow into intelligent and curious women–who lead.
Besides, my very first application of my presentation skills was as a Scout selling cookies in my neighborhood. But the Girls Scouts, of course, is more than cookie selling. Girls learn life and leadership skills. They camp and learn about the environment. And they form lifelong friendships with other girls.
So on this 103rd birthday, I share a 2013 speech from Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez regarding the vital role the organization plays to invest in girls and train them as leaders.
I also share this article archived at the King Center regarding remarks made by Dr. Harold Taylor, a past president of Sarah Lawrence College, at a dinner marking the 50th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts. He urges the organization to play a greater role to combat racism, particularly in the South. I was struck by this, especially after the recent commemoration of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, AL, 50 years ago.
The time is always right to lead, and the time is always right to train girls to do so.