Girl Scouts: More Than Just Cookies

By Hannah Sherman, Intern

ImageStaring at the box of Girl Scout cookies next to my computer, I can’t help but focus on the faces of the young girls printed on the box. Their innocent, smiling faces convey a sense of hope for the future where women and girls can achieve anything they put their minds to. Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s a box of cookies. What does being a girl scout and selling cookies have to do with the future of women’s leadership?

The 100th anniversary celebration for the Girl Scouts of America on Capitol Hill marked the launch of a new campaign called ToGetHerThere, empowering girls to be leaders tomorrow. By taking a stance against mean-girl bullying, promoting healthy media, and supporting girls in science, technology, engineering and math, the Girl Scouts of America hope to instill in young girls a sense of confidence that all dreams of leadership can come true. As Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated on Wednesday, the Girl Scouts promote “courage, confidence and character to change the world.”

At the event, I came across a booth with a group of 11-year old Girl Scouts handing out cards on the 5 skills to use in daily life: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. These young girls detailed their use of the money management skill, recounting a story of how they saved and budgeted their troop money in order to send themselves to Savannah, without a single parent having to pay for the trip. At the neighboring booth, a different troop worked on an electrical contraption that produced bird chirping noises that they built entirely on their own. The unparalleled pride that these young women exuded proved to me that the Girl Scouts of America is taking great strides in fostering both the creative and pragmatic aspects that lead to women’s professional leadership.

So again I turn to the young girls gracing the front of the cookie box. Because of the work the Girl Scouts of America is doing to ensure that all girls recognize that they are capable and deserving of holding leadership positions, I can feel confident knowing that we are one step closer to ensuring all young girls reach their full potential as leaders in our society. So, still think being a girl scout is only about selling cookies? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

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