Be My Guest

My Guest Blog this week in honor of Women’s History Month has been penned by Nancy over at Living the Seasons. I hope that you enjoy the post. Please take a few minutes to visit her blog…I always enjoy what I find there.
Paige

Cookies and Beanies

 

Women's empowerment

March 12,2012 is the 100th anniversary for the founding of Girl Scouts. I find this to be of great significance as we honor and celebrate women world-wide this month with the message exclaiming women’s education and empowerment. The founder of Girl Scouts, a name familiar to those among us that wore the beanies as younger girls, is Juliette Gordon Low.

Ms. Low, known as Daisy to her friends, came from Savannah GA. Not unlike Ms. Hepburn whom I wrote about last week, she came from a family of financial means. She went to boarding and finishing schools before traveling abroad and marrying. The marriage was relatively short-lived however leaving Daisy wondering what she was to do with her life. It was shortly after that she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, and became interested in the new youth movement.

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Ms. Low returned home to the U.S. and less than a year later birthed the Girl Scout movement. Her vision was grand when she shared her idea with a family member. “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!” On March 12, 1912, Juliette Low gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. Margaret “Daisy Doots” Gordon, her niece and namesake, was the first registered member.

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Today we read statistics such as, more than 50 million American women enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood—and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts of the USA continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere. As well as, today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts—2.3 million girl members and 880,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers.

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I would say the vision “stuck”. Ms. Low’s vision has become her legacy. And we can’t forget to mention the cookies. Who among us hasn’t eaten a Thin Mint or enjoyed a frozen Samoa? In fact I saw packages of Girl Scout cookies in the office today.

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As for me…I was a scout as a younger girl making it to the ranks of Cadette before “outgrowing” Girl Scouts(or just being too cool to go any more). I remember walking for miles, back when you could still sell door to door, pulling my wagon full of cookies. As an adult I led a group of 22 energetic young girls for 3 years. It was fun to work with them, get them motivated and take them camping(whew, that was quite the experience!) And cookies?! Well you have never seen cookies until you are the cookie MOM for the troop. Gosh I never thought I would see my front porch again the cookies were stacked so high. I won’t even tell you some of the pain that came from handling the money collected. All in all my experiences were nothing but positive.

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I pay tribute to Juliette Low for being such a visionary. Working to create an organization that daily helps to empower and educate girls and women.

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If you would like to read more about Juliette Low or explore the history of Girl Scouts please visit the website. All of my facts and images have been taken from there.

Celebrating Women

Women's empowerment

My plan today was to put up a post highlighting accomplishments achieved in February and new “stretches” coming my way for March. In my quest for a piece of clip art I learned that it is Women’s History Month with a specific emphasis on education and empowerment in 2012. This of course has my juices flowing. My passion and purpose in life is to empower women. For me this is exhibited through my work as a nurse helping women with cancer and most recently my involvement with the organization Dress for Success.

The purpose of Women’s History Month is to increase consciousness and knowledge of women’s history: to take one month of the year to remember the contributions of notable and ordinary women, in hopes that the day will soon come when it’s impossible to teach or learn history without remembering these contributions.

Anyway I thought it would be fun to invite my readers to participate in a month long celebration of women’s history.

If you would like to participate you could simply once a week or more often if you choose write a post on a women of history.

Some ideas to get YOUR juices flowing…

Maybe she is one you know a lot about already or perhaps one you would like to dig into a little deeper. My friend over at Stopping the Wind recently used a quote by Helen Keller to get her out of her slump.

Or you could head over to Women’s History Month and check out the daily celebration and write accordingly.

Perhaps my photo blog followers have pictures and stories of women they would like to share…

How about my poetry followers sharing a little on their favorite woman poet…

Or maybe my fellow healthcare/conscience bloggers would like to give health facts important to improving women’s lives…

This may require you to stretch beyond you comfort zone, so be it…

I hope you will join in the Celebration. I will try to have a widget to use soon(no promises here though as it is beyond my current skills).

I will leave you today with this song…