GSOFCT CEO Pens Letter to the Editor: Happy International Women's Day—and Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

To the editor:

Today is International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is also a day to also spark conversation about how we still have ways to go to ensure equality among all.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is part of a sisterhood of 2.6 million strong across the globe. In Connecticut, we have nearly 30,000 girls and over 13,000 adults who believe in the power of every girl and young woman. On March 12, Girl Scouts will be 106 years young—106 years of being the leading expert on girls. On March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia, when Juliette Gordon Low organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

When Juliette founded Girl Scouts, the role of women in this country was on the brink of dramatic change. Women did not have the right to vote yet, and organizations like the General Federation of Women and the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs were working to lead women into the next century. There were also countless efforts of reform regarding race, immigration, and civil rights. This was the state of our world when Juliette founded Girl Scouts; she was headstrong in giving every girl the opportunity to be a Girl Scout—something we continue to hold to this very day.

Girl Scouts is, and remains to be, the one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. From advocating for pay equity and fair treatment of women to bridging the gender gap in STEM and civil service, Girl Scouts are bold, visionaries, and confident leaders.

The need for female leadership has never been clearer or more urgent than today and Girl Scouts has the expertise to give girls and young women the tools they need to change the world. Happy International Women’s Day to all of the barrier-breaking, glass shattering girls and women in Connecticut and across the globe.

Yours in Girl Scouting,