We’ve all tasted the cookies (and by god are they good), but with the passing of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA, we’d be amiss to ignore all the other good they do for society and young women throughout the country. Despite the recent controversy some politicians have flared up around the Girl Scouts, the scouting organization has for one hundred years now encouraged both moral growth and intellectual achievement in young girls.
According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, “scouts leaders today aim to encourage young girls to consider career paths that remained overwhelmingly male-dominated.”
Most recently, the organization completed a study about girls’ attitudes towards science, technology, engineering, and math and will encourage young girls to explore those areas.
“We always remain tied to the heartbeat of the issues that will have an impact on girls,” says Maria Wynne, CEO for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.
Their ability to change with the times and encourage young women to keep pushing forward is what has made the Girl Scouts a lasting institution in American society. Hopefully, they’ll have at least one hundred more years to push young girls further and farther.