It was 100 years ago today that Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls and invited them to play sports, try new crafts, and just enjoy each other's company at her home in Savannah, Ga. Low believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to try new things, to get inspired, and to grow physically, mentally and spiritually. Through her vision, she founded a girl-lead movement that has lasted 100 years and is still going strong: the Girl Scouts.
From the beginning, Low wanted the scouts to be inclusive, meaning that it would always be open to any girl, regardless of race, background or income level. So it's no wonder that today, the Girl Scout organization has grown to 3.2 million girls, supported by countless volunteers and more than 50 million alumnae, making it the largest organization in the world focused on girl leadership.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, the organization has named 2012 the Year of the Girl: a celebration of girls, recognition of their leadership potential, and a commitment to set in motion a generational change to balance leadership in the workplace and in communities across the country.
I'm proud to be a Girl Scout leader and even more proud that my daughters are scouts. Yesterday, my local community hosted a celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, and it was absolutely inspirational to see the generations of women gathered together to commemorate the event and support and honor each other.
Want to join in the festivities? Check out these Girl Scout birthday ideas I wrote up to celebrate the organization's 98th. Also, come out and join hundreds of thousands of Girl Scouts and alumnae at Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing-Along on June 9 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Troops from all over the globe will join together for the world's largest Girl Scout sing-a-long. My girls and I will be there to celebrate. Hope to see you there!