Local Girl Scouts Participate in Year of the Girl Launch on Capitol Hill

Girl Scouts of the USA
began a two-day launch of their 2012 campaign — The Year of the Girl — on Feb. 7 in New York City and in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 1.

The campaign celebrates Girl Scouts’ 100-year history of providing girls with the requisite skills, including courage, confidence and character, to become leaders in their schools, communities and the world as well as begins a nationwide effort dedicated to girls’ leadership issues.

“Girls and women are one of the most underutilized resources in the nation; they are capable and powerful — and can be effective leaders,” GSUSA CEO Ana Maria Chavez said. The goal of the campaign: Balanced leadership within one generation.

Thirty-four central Maryland Girl Scouts from Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard counties participated in the event that brought hundreds of supporters to the Cannon House Office Building to engage in dialogue about the importance of changing the leadership landscape so that is more fully shared between women and men.

Honorary Girl Scout Troop Capitol Hill members, including Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Sen. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Kay Bailey Huchinson (R-TX), Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) each shared their memories of Girl Scouting and the valuable lessons they learned from the generations old organization.

Sen. Pelosi encouraged the girls in attendance to: “Know your power; you have a very unique contribution to make.”

“You’re standing on the shoulders of many who went before,” she said. “Someday a generation will be standing on your shoulders.”

Kathleen Sebilus, Secretary of Health and Human Services was also present and gave remarks. She encouraged girls to “Stand up and show up” for the causes and issues that impact them.

Girl Scouts is seeking support from elected officials, corporations, nonprofit organizations, parents and all adults to support the Year of the Girl campaign. Women have already proven their leadership potential; 70 percent of all women in Congress were Girl Scouts, as were 80 percent of all U.S. women business owners.

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