Monday, November 12, 2012

Girl Scout Coast to Coast - November 12, 2012

As election season in the United States is coming to a close, many people are taking notice of Girl Scouting's presence in the democratic process. Let's take a look.
  • Mother Jones reports that when the new Congress is sworn in next January, it will include a record number of women senators. Of the twenty women in the Senate: 70 percent of them were Girl Scouts. If you include the House as well, 60 percent of women in Congress were once Girl Scouts. "From the very beginning the whole mission of this organization has been to create girls who are very sensitive and in tune with their community needs," said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. "We develop not only leaders, but leaders with a political conscience."
  • "When I was in high school, I regularly woke up early on Saturday mornings and drove out to one of Massachusetts' medium-security prisons," writes Alyssa Rosenberg for Slate. "I was a Girl Scout, and these prison visits were part of the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program, where I helped lead a troop of girls whose mothers were incarcerated." Rosenberg was not at all surprised by the major presence of Girl Scout Alumna in government.
  • In Georgia's Athens Banner-Herald, Myra Blackmon examines the correlation between finding middle ground in American governance and the Girl Scout Badge Program. "The purpose of the badge is to learn strategies for bringing people together to find common ground," writes Blackmon. "While designed for adolescent girls, it could be an excellent course for our elected leadership and all adults."