This amazing work benefited not just girls, but all of us. Here are some of the important issues we addressed together.
1. Girls’ Education, Globally
Girl Scouts partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama on Let Girls Learn, a government initiative to ensure all girls have access to a quality education and the tools they need to reach their potential. As a result, 2 million Girl Scouts have the opportunity to flex their leadership muscle to advance girls’ education around the world.
2. Healthy Media Messaging for Girls and Women
Girl Scouts met with state representatives on Capitol Hill to push for legislation calling for more empowered depictions in the media of girls and women. After all, if you can’t see it, it’s a lot harder to be it.
3. Caring for Our Environment
We’re pretty sure the Girl Scouts who were lucky enough to attend the first-ever White House campout will never forget First Lady Michelle Obama’s words on the importance of preserving our world and the benefits of getting outdoors—or all the fun they had singing campfire songs with the president himself!
4. Computer Science Skills for All
Girl Scouts were thrilled to take part in the White House Summit on Computer Science for All, where they discussed ways to introduce more girls to the world of coding and technology. They even got to
show off the sweet video games they’d made!
5. Celebrating Contributions of Girls and Women
Members of Girl Scouts’ Honorary Troop Capitol Hill, plus more than 200 leaders from government, the military, and academia came together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest award and to recognize the amazing girls and women who’ve earned it over the past century.
6. Female Representation in Government
When a study by the Girl Scout Research Institute revealed that fewer than 4 in 10 girls have an interest in pursuing a political career, we took action. How? By encouraging Girl Scouts to interview congresswomen from their respective states to learn what it takes to lead in our country—and why it’s such a worthy pursuit. Check out the Portraits in Leadership series to see it for yourself!
7. Female-Friendly Healthcare
When President Obama was drafting the Affordable Care Act, members of the Girl Scout Movement helped shape provisions that specifically address girls’ health. Healthy, happy girls? Pretty sure that’s something we can all get behind.
8. Scientific Innovation
How could any of us forget “the Supergirls,” a troop of six-year-old Daisies from Eastern Oklahoma who brought their page-turning robot to the White House Science Fair. And that moment they asked President Obama if he’d ever come up with anything good in a brainstorming session? Priceless.
As we look back on some awesome times we’ve, we extend a hug, and BIG thank you to the inimitable Michelle Obama for serving for eight productive years as Girl Scouts’ honorary national president. And to her husband: as promised, we will continue to champion our legislative agenda, taking the lead to advance leadership opportunities for girls—a.k.a. the leaders of tomorrow!