Media Room


Governor Kate Brown
Girl Scout Leadership Day Proclamation
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

On March 12, 1912, an extraordinary woman with a vision, Juliette Gordon Low, assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia and founded Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

Now, one hundred years later—107 to be exact—we can look back at a century of Girl Scouting and see how Girl Scouts has helped generations of young women develop leadership potential, dedication to community service, and citizenship.

These core values were shown over the organization’s first few decades with projects such as peach pit collection for use in World War I gas mask filters; food drives and clothing collections for the unemployed during the Great Depression; and bicycle courier services during World War II.

With a growing membership of 1.5 million girls and adult volunteers at the start of the 1950s, Girl Scouts continued the spirit of community service and citizenship over the next few decades. Girls lead the way on issues such as civil rights and inclusion, environmental education, personal health and fitness, and so much more.

Today, at any given point in time, approximately 10 percent of girls nationwide are Girl Scouts. Out of these ten percent come two-thirds of our nation’s most accomplished women in public service, business, science, education, the arts and community life.

These alumnae include current and former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Condoleeza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and a number of congresswomen. The Girl Scout sisterhood extends throughout a wide range of careers and talents. All 22 of NASA’s female astronauts. Journalists Katie Couric and Gloria Steinem. Gold Medal figure skaters Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill. All of them were Girl Scouts.

We are here today to celebrate a group of elite young women who will be our next generation of impressive alumnae. They have dedicated hundreds of hours to their communities, and will spend hundreds more.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Capitol today as Girl Scouts, and maybe one day, years from now, as colleagues.

Thank you!