I watched a great segment today on “Good Morning America” about the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America and how they have changed. I wasn’t a scout, but always wondered what they did besides sell cookies. Today’s Girl Scouts are focusing on teaching young girls to be confident and to help them realize their potential.
Only 3 percent of America’s CEO’s are women, Katie Couric mentions in the piece. This saddens me. We need female leaders in high places for women and girls to look up to. The higher I get in organizations, the lonelier I feel because they are dominated by men. I can hold my own, but not everyone can. And, it’s hard to hold your own to a peer group that doesn’t match your own. We need to reach out to girls to instill confidence at young ages so they have the ability to be whatever they want when they grow up.
There are statistics now that young girls are losing confidence as early as the middle school years. The Girl Scouts are trying to change that. They have a new program called STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I didn’t even know what engineering was when I was a young girl. I’m so excited that the Girl Scouts are teaching these skills to girls who can take these life lessons and apply them to whatever role they take on as an adult.
Watch the clip from GMA — they interview Girl Scouts who get emotional when trying to describe their feelings about what they are learning. It’s obvious they appreciate being valued and appreciated at young ages. This is something we need to instill in all girls, Girls Scouts or not.