Monday, March 13, 2017

Join Girl Scouts to Stand Up for Girls and Their Potential

As March unfolds into spring and brings warmer weather, longer days, and the promise of new beginnings, we also celebrate Women’s History Month, an opportunity to renew our focus on women’s achievements and commemorate their invaluable contributions to American life. At Girl Scouts, part of our celebration includes Girl Scout Week, which honors the founding of our Movement on March 12, 1912, by Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of girls and their limitless potential to change the world as courageous female leaders.

Today, from Washington to Wall Street to Main Street, we see women in positions of leadership, and their insight, talent, and skill are forging new paths for a generation of girls aspiring to leadership in the 21st century. Of course, no group of women is better positioned to advance policies that help today’s girls develop into tomorrow’s leaders than members of Congress.

In recognition of Women’s History Month and Girl Scout Week, Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to announce the new Troop Capitol Hill co-chairs of the 115th Congress—our honorary congressional Girl Scout troop comprising all female members of Congress.

By collaborating with Troop Capitol Hill, Girl Scouts is able to advance its legislative agenda and bring greater attention to key issues that impact girls, so that we all, as a nation, can best meet their needs. Over the years, Troop Capitol Hill has introduced members of Congress to the remarkable benefits of Girl Scouting and developed policies targeting STEM education, financial literacy, bullying prevention, and outdoor education—working diligently with Girl Scouts to brief Congress on the issues facing girls and young women and identify opportunities to address them.

Said Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire: “Girl Scouts provides girls around the country with the education and tools to harness their imaginations and achieve their goals. Girls are undoubtedly the future of this country. By igniting their potential, we are putting these young girls on the track to become our country’s next leaders in business and in their communities.”

Our 2017 Girl Scout Legislative Agenda calls on Congress to support policies that give girls an educational boost by increasing their involvement in STEM, strengthening their financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills, expanding their access to outdoor activities, preventing bullying and relational aggression, and fostering a strong sense of national and global citizenship.

“Girl Scouts develops the future drivers of our economy and leaders of our communities by encouraging girls to dream big and work hard—giving them the tools to achieve their goals,” said Representative Susan Brooks, R-Indiana. “The reality is, in an increasingly competitive world, we need today’s girls to serve as tomorrow’s leaders for America to thrive.”

At Girl Scouts, we know the power girls possess to change the world, because we’ve been developing powerful women for 105 years. We also know the amazing synergy that takes place when girls bring takeaways from their Girl Scout experiences to the classroom, reinforcing and bolstering what they’re learning. To retain this momentum, we must encourage our national leaders to prioritize girls and the issues that affect their leadership development—and members of Troop Capitol Hill are our leading champions in Washington.

Everywhere we look today, we see women leading—but it’s not enough. For more than a century, Girl Scouts has been the conduit for American girls seeking to take their rightful seat at the leadership table, and with vital support from Troop Capitol Hill, we fully intend to enable more and more women to pull up a chair.

So as we celebrate Girl Scout Week in the midst of Women’s History Month, we welcome the new Troop Capitol Hill co-chairs of the 115th Congress to the Girl Scout family. We look forward to working with them and all of our leaders in Washington, to advance our national legislative agenda so that the girls of today become the leaders of tomorrow.