103 years ago today, on March 12 in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia for the first-ever Girl Scout meeting. Her goal was to bring girls out of their isolated home surroundings, as she believed that all girls should be given an opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually, while learning self-reliance and resourcefulness.
“I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”
Within just a few years, Juliette’s dream for a girl-centered organization was realized and today, Girl Scouts of the USA boasts a membership of over 2.8 million, and more than 59 million women in the U.S. are Girl Scout alumnae.
So we want to know… were YOU ever a Girl Scout?
Did You Know?
Juliette, an athlete and lover of the arts, suffered from chronic ear infections, and lost most of her hearing in one ear because of improper treatment. On her wedding day, December 21, 1886, when she was 26, she lost hearing in her other ear after a grain of good-luck rice thrown at the event lodged in her ear, puncturing the eardrum and resulting in an infection and total loss of hearing in that ear.
But Juliette never let deafness, back problems or cancer keep her from full participation in life. That’s precisely why, from the outset, her Girl Scouting organization welcomed girls with disabilities at a time when they were excluded from many other activities.