Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

A special message from Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

The sun is shining, barbeques are fired up, and the Stars and Stripes are flying over every house; for Americans everywhere that can only mean one thing: the Fourth of July!

Today our nation turns 237 years old.  From the very beginning, this great country has been on a mission to spread the frontiers of human liberty to every corner of the globe.  We are committed to the ideals of freedom, justice, and equality, providing every person the right to work to reach his or her fullest potential.  The Girl Scout Movement has played a major part of that history. As we celebrate today, we should remember that our Movement came into existence before women had the right to vote or own property, and before women took active part in the work force.

Girl Scouts have helped guide and shape the course of our country and our world for 101 years.  We have forever changed the nature of what it means to be a female leader in America.  Women have achieved success and respect as leaders in everything from business to science, academia and professional sports.  There are role models for young girls in virtually every walk of life. With nearly 60 million living alumnae, we have played a hugely important role in shaping that reality over the last century.

It’s staggering to think about everything America has accomplished in such a short amount of time.  From the cast-iron stove to the space shuttle, American ingenuity, creativity and vision has been the engine that has propelled our world forward since our founders signed the Declaration of Independence all those many years ago.  And the Girl Scouts have been there along the journey, championing and cultivating the unique talents of girls, and developing so many women who have made a profound impact on our country.

So let’s celebrate our country, our Movement, and everything that we have accomplished to make our world a better place. 

A very happy Fourth of July to Girl Scouts everywhere!