On October 11, 2017, Boy Scouts of America voted to accept girls into their program starting in 2018. Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, however, remain committed to providing single gender, girl-only, girl-led programming that it has been offering for 105 years.
In 1912 Juliette Gordon Low created Girl Scouts to provide girls with opportunities to develop into strong, independent, successful women. Today, we continue to offer research-based programs for girls with their learning styles and development in mind. It has been well-documented by educators, scholars, and other girl- and youth-serving organizations, as well as Girl Scouts themselves, that girls want and need opportunities to explore, create, discover and learn in a safe environment to build confidence, find their voice and take the lead without the distractions or dynamics of a co-ed environment.
Companies and community organizations continue to explore ways to cultivate women leaders and provide more women with opportunities to move into leadership roles. Yet, despite these advances, women are still underrepresented in board rooms, executive suites, elected offices, and many industries – including science, technology, engineering and math. There is more work to be done.
To create more female leaders, we must start young and make sure today’s girls are acquiring the courage, confidence, character, and skills they need to take the reins of leadership in the 21st century. Girl Scouts has been a key driver of workforce development for women for over a century. In the United States, 80% of female tech leaders, 75% of current female senators, 90% of female astronauts who have traveled in space and, 50% of female business owners are Girl Scout alumna.
While remaining true to its mission, Girl Scouts has developed a national, strategic initiative to expand the depth of its programs to meet the needs of girls today and in the future, offering new opportunities for girls to explore the outdoors, build technology skills, and encourage entrepreneurship.
To prepare girls today to be the world's leaders of tomorrow we need to provide them with an unparalleled leadership experience when they are young—an experience that can only come from the best leadership organization for girls in the world: Girl Scouts. With more than 100 years of experience, Girl Scouts brings a wealth of knowledge that provides girls cornerstone experiences with benefits to last a lifetime.