“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!”
– Juliette Low at the first Girl Scout meeting
At a time where women didn’t even have the right to vote, a nearly deaf woman created an outdoor and educational program for young girls that emphasized three core values: Courage, Confidence, and Character.
105 years ago, Juliette Low and a group of 18 girls started the Girl Scout movement in Savannah, Georgia. Unusual for the time, Juliette ensured that all girls, no matter their class, race, culture, or ability, could learn and develop their leadership skills.
Today there are over 3 million Girl Scouts and 53 million alumnae.
Just some of Juliette’s Accomplishments…
1944: She had a Liberty ship named after her, the SS Juliette Low.
1948: She got her face on a 3 cent stamp.
1954: An elementary school is named after her in Savannah, GA.
1979: She is inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
2005: She is memorialized in the “Point of Light” monument in Washington DC.
2012: President Obama posthumously awards her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award.