year of the girl

A Century of Leadership: 1912-2012
Changing the World for 100 years


Girl Scouts is 100 years young. As we celebrate a century of leadership, fun, and friendship, we’re setting out to ensure that every girl has the opportunity to reach her fullest leadership potential.


Girl Scouting makes your community a better place. Every year, in virtually every ZIP code, Girl Scouts provide a total of more than 70 million hours of direct service to communities. When a Girl Scout computer wiz learned that her town couldn’t afford a police sketch artist, she designed a software program to do the job. Another girl served her town by creating a directory to help Spanish-speaking immigrants connect with health care and jobs. These girl leaders are changing the world.


Our 2.3 million girls are on a mission to save the earth. Girls earning their prestigious Girl Scout Gold Awards have built artificial reefs to sustain coastal ecosystems and rallied school systems to radically reduce waste. These girls know that reversing environmental threats and improving the quality of life will be the work of their generation.


The jobs of the future start with Girl Scouting. Our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, had the foresight to introduce badges in aviation and circuitry in 1913. Today, Girl Scouting provides girls with hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, and math, in a supportive, all-girl environment. This year, over 200 all-Girl Scout teams will enter FIRST LEGO League robotics competitions around the country.


Girl Scouting’s success speaks for itself. Two-thirds of our nation’s most accomplished women in public service, business, science, education, the arts, and community life were Girl Scouts. And virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space got her start here. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, was a Girl Scout. So was Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust, the first female president of Harvard University, and Katie Couric, the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast, both began their careers in Girl Scouting. And 50 million other former Girl Scouts have their own success stories to tell. One girl can make a difference; girls together can change the world.


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