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Monday, 6 April 2015

Girl Scouts

Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, was faced with an increasing number of girls wishing to take part in his movement. He decided that girls should have their own separate organization, and the Girl Guides were founded by him and his sister Agnes in the UK in 1910.

In 1911 Juliette Gordon Low met Robert Baden-Powell while she was living in the United Kingdom. Inspired by the Girl Guides movement, she established the Girl Scouts of America,. On March 12, 1912 she organized the first Girl Scouts troop meeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia.

Juliette Low was nearly deaf, arising from a grain of rice thrown at her wedding, which lodged in her ear. The resulting infection destroyed most of her hearing.

A Girl Guide troop in the United Kingdom, 1918

Brownies, the junior section of the Guides were established in 1914, they were first called Rosebuds. The name Brownie was adopted in 1918.

As of 2015, 52 percent of businesswomen in the United States were once Girl Scouts.

Famous former girl guides and girl scouts include: Cherie Blair, Mariah Carey, Hillary Clinton, Celine Dion, Carrie Fisher, Glenda Jackson, Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee, Princess Anne, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II, Debbie Reynolds, Sally Ride,  Emma Thompson, Venus Williams 

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