08 Mar

International Women's Day


Dear Girl Scouts Friends and Family,

This week, five of our Girl Scouts (pictured above) appeared before the New York City Council's Youth Services Committee to testify on the importance of providing leadership development opportunities to New York City's girls. Our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, long ago said, "Every time you show your courage, it grows." It was amazing to watch our girls' courage and confidence grow as they spoke out on an issue important to girls across the city. Their testimony was part of our increased effort to get girls even more civically engaged and active.

Today, we celebrate International Women's Day, and we reflect on all the work we do to prepare today's girls to be tomorrow's leaders.

While girls think leadership is important, too many of them are receiving negative messages about their ability to lead or having the opportunity to lead. We believe that there are no limits to what girls - and women - can achieve. Our Girl Scout programming is designed to ensure that today's girls recognize their own power, develop the skills to achieve their dreams, and take their place as equal partners in shaping our communities, workplaces, country and the world.

This Sunday, March 12th, is Girl Scouts' birthday. In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low registered the Girl Scouts' first 18 girl members. We think she would be proud to see how, more than 100 years later, Girl Scouts continue to make the world a better place, and she would say we have more work to do.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Barbara Murphy-Warrington
Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Greater New York

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