Michelle Obama has agreed to become the honorary national president of the Girl Scouts of the USA, joining a tradition among first ladies that started in 1929 with Lou Henry Hoover.

“It is my great pleasure to serve as honorary national president of Girl Scouts,” said Mrs. Obama.

“With their innovative new programming, groundbreaking research and emphasis on service and leadership, Girl Scouts is preparing the women of tomorrow to be a positive force for change – in their own lives, their communities and across the globe," she added.

“From bullying to obesity to concern over the economy, our nation’s girls are facing significant challenges,” said Kathy Cloninger, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA. “Girl Scouts is excited to work with the first lady’s office to ensure that all girls can overcome the challenges they face, and that they have the skills, resources and opportunities they need to become strong, independent young leaders.”
 
“Girl Scouts can help girls from every background develop their self-confidence and leadership ability, and encourage them to make a difference in the world,” said Connie L. Lindsey, Girl Scouts of the USA national board chair. “The first lady is a passionate, brilliant and inspirational woman – a fantastic role model for girls across the country. We look forward to an active and mutually rewarding partnership on issues important to girls’ lives.”