Girl Scouting is one hundred years old this year and 2012 has been identified as, The Year of the Girl. On March 12, 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon assembled a group of eighteen girls in Savannah, Georgia, for the first Girl Scout meeting. That was eight years before women were given the right to vote.
According to girlscout.org, “She (Daisy) believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid. Within a few years, Daisy’s dream for a girl-centered organization was realized. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults, a significant growth from its modest beginnings nearly a century ago. ”
It is estimated that there are more than fifty million women in the United States today that were Girl Scouts in their childhood. Juliette “Daisy” Gordon made an incredible contribution to the women in the world today. Sharon Barber was a Brownie and later a Girl Scout. The photo is of a Sharon Barber purse and her original Brownie doll she received as a child.