Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Year of the Girl Launching in D.C.—Members of Congress Excited!

In Washington D.C., The Hill reports that the Girl Scouts are coming to the Capitol, and they’re bringing Thin Mint cake!

The Girl Scouts are celebrating their centennial anniversary with a push to get girls interested in leadership. Today is the D.C. launch of “Year of the Girl”, with a dialogue on leadership in the Cannon House Office Building.

To get in the spirit of the cookie-selling season, The Hill is bringing readers the Girl Scout cookie of choice from different members of Congress.

Today’s favorite flavor comes from Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), whose district just happens to be the birthplace of the founder of the Girl Scouts, and gets its own baked good: “In terms of my favorite Girl Scout cookie, it’s certainly the brand-new 100-year anniversary cookie called the ‘Savannah Smiles,’ named after Juliette Gordon Low’s hometown, which Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) and I have the honor of representing.”

Kingston tells us, “I think everybody you meet in the United States of America has a fondness for Girl Scout cookies because we all remember the fourth grade, when our female classmates and sisters started selling them to us. Back then they were a quarter … whatever they cost now, I think it’s four dollars a box, it’s still one of the best bargains that we all have an opportunity to participate in.”

Yesterday in New York, Girl Scouts of the USA launched ToGetHerThere, the largest, boldest advocacy and fundraising cause dedicated to girls’ leadership in the nation’s history. The multi-year effort will seek to create balanced leadership - the equal representation of women in leadership positions in all sectors and levels of society - within one generation.

The ToGetHerThere cause formally begins the work of breaking down the barriers that are keeping girls from reaching their potential as leaders. The cause will seek to motivate all adult members of society – individuals, corporations, governments, and like-minded organizations – to do their part to support girls. Further, the cause will place this issue front and center on the national agenda. Adults who want to support the cause can visit for tools on how to be a part of this important movement.