The recognition event took place at the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, a historic house and museum of the U.S. women's suffrage and equal rights movements. Located a block from the United States Capitol, the house originally served as a gathering space for suffragists. Today, it is a beautiful reminder of all of the women who worked tirelessly in pursuit of equal rights for women and girls—and it was the perfect setting to honor Representative Edwards, who has been a champion for women and girls throughout her tenure in Congress.
For almost a decade, Edwards has advocated for legislation that increases young people’s access to STEM education and policies that promote equal opportunities for women and girls. We thank Representative Edwards for her extraordinary support of our organization and her outstanding commitment to our nation’s youth—especially girls—and we wish her all the best in her next adventure.
Having the opportunity to talk with Congresswoman Edwards yesterday was amazing. It was an honor to represent Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and to thank [Edwards] for her support and let her know what Girl Scouts are doing today. It was encouraging to hear her talk about her career and the path she pursued, [including about how she] saw a need in her community and wanted to work as a member of Congress to fix it. She set this goal and did the hard work for many years—achieving her goal like a true Girl Scout. Her contributions to the community made a difference. (Her annual college fair is just one example.) Knowing that [for Edwards], being a Girl Scout is part of the foundation of her success inspires me even more. Congresswoman Edwards has always talked proudly about being a Girl Scout and has always been supportive of our programs. Although her time in Congress is ending soon, she shared that she won’t stop working to make a difference in her community. I can't wait to see what she does next.