Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 2 Share on Twitter 1 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
Life Arts    H4'ed 3/12/13

For Sweet Support of Civil Rights and Religious Freedom: Buy Girl Scout Cookies

Follow Me on Twitter     Message Meryl Ann Butler
Become a Fan
  (84 fans)

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

Girl Scout cookie season is upon us! And March 12 is the 101th anniversary of the beginning of the Girl Scouts. In 1912,  Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia to register the first troop of American Girl Guides (later Girl Scouts of the USA).

Now there are more than 3.2 million Girl Scouts and adult leaders throughout the U.S. and its territories.  There are six age levels of Girl Scouts: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador. Members of Girl Scouts of the USA are part of an international family of 10 million girls and adults.

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

An estimated 59 million American women are former Girl Scouts.

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

Girl Scouts of the USA CEO, Anna Maria Chavez, notes that "our cookie program isn't about cookies alone ... it's also about teaching girls five business skills -- goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics -- essential to leadership, to success, and to life."

The Girl Scout cookie drive is the world's largest girl-led business.

Almost 1.5 million girls sold 214 million boxes of cookies in 2012. (Retail value: $786,000,000.)

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA

- Advertisement -
As of 2005 (the most recent statistics available), 71.5% of women in the US Senate and 67.1% of the women in the House of Representatives are Girl Scout Alumnae.

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA

Tough Cookies

And as part of their involvement in Girl Scouts of the USA, young girls also learn to honor inclusiveness and diversity. If you've been reading the news lately, you know that the Boy Scouts are having a hard time keeping up.

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA

According to the Girl Scout website, "Diversity has been a core value of Girl Scouts since its founding in 1912. At a time of segregation and before laws promoting civil rights were passed, our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, ensured that African-American, American Indian and Hispanic girls were able to become Girl Scouts. She led efforts to make Girl Scouting available to girls who lived in rural and urban areas, to girls who were rich, middle class and poor, and to girls who were born in this country as well as immigrants...The foundation of diversity that Juliette Gordon Low established runs throughout Girl Scouting to this day. Our mission to build 'girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place' extends to all girls of this nation.

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA

The Girl Scouts of the USA encourages members to establish for themselves the nature of their spiritual beliefs. Girl Scouts invites any member to substitute another word or phrase more appropriate to their personal beliefs for the word "God" when reciting the Girl Scout promise.

Girl Scouts of the USA President, B. LaRae Orullian, noted that this is "a very strong statement that Girl Scouts continue to be on the cutting edge, and this is a continuing effort to show that we have strength in diversity and that we are an inclusive organization."

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA

I'm a Girl Scout ... what's your super power?

Boy Scouts were founded in 1910,  23 months before the Girl Scouts, but that does not seem to have given them a head start in developing values of tolerance or diversity. I was so angry at recent displays of Boy Scout holier-than-thou small-mindedness that I went directly to the Girl Scouts online shop and bought myself two Girl Scout T-shirts and a pair of Girl Scout earrings.

As a former Girl Scout, I couldn't be prouder of these girls and their organization, and now I wear my Girl Scout garb to proclaim that.

(Image by Meryl Ann Butler and Girl Scouts of the USA)   Details   DMCA

According to the wiki, the Boy Scouts of America prohibit avowed gay and lesbian children and adults from participating, citing its principle to be "morally straight." They take a similar prohibitive stance toward both children and adults who are atheist or agnostic, and have denied or revoked membership status or leadership positions for "violations." (Don't even ask about Muslims.) 

Shouldn't the Boy Scouts be expected to live up to the high standards of the Girl Scouts?

Or is it more than an accident that the initials for Boy Scouts are "BS"?

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.  - Cookie Monster

The earliest known Girl Scout cookie drive was in the Muskogee, OK, High School cafeteria in 1917. In the 1920s and 1930s Girl Scout Troops across the US held independent cookie drives with home-baked goods, at 25 cents per dozen.

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA

By 1951, commercial Girl Scout Cookies included the shortbread, the sandwich cookie and chocolate mint.

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA

On Feb. 8th, 2013, National Girl Scout Cookie Day, scouts sold cookies in Manhattan via a mobile bakery. A huge blizzard didn't stop New Yorkers from waiting on line to buy over 5,000 boxes of cookies before the bad weather shut the truck down early.

(Image by Copyright Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA

So, if you want to support the advancement of women, start with girls, and buy a box of cookies, or two. Or three.

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA

If you need help finding out where to buy some - you guessed it,  there's an ap for that!

And it looks like the world's largest girl-led business is having good effects.  Recent statistics show that:

* 64 percent of National Honor Society members are girls. click here=0

* Girls are outperforming boys in all subjects except math and science, and even in those subjects, they're closing the gap. click here

* There has been a steady 25-year decline in boys' participation in extracurricular activities as girls take over clubs, newspapers, and yearbooks. click here

* For every  77 men who graduate college, there are 100 women who graduate. click here

* Women now account for roughly 60 percent of associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees and have begun to outpace men in obtaining Ph.D.'s. click here

Judging by these statistics, the Boy Scouts might want to wake up in time to stay in the race before they get left in the dust.

But hey, that's the way the cookie crumbles.

(Image by Girl Scouts of the USA, used with permission)   Details   DMCA

Some of the information for this article was based on an interview with Michelle Tompkins of Girl Scouts of the USA.

Girl Scouts of the USA official website:

Girl Scouts online shop:


- Advertisement -

Interesting 1   Inspiring 1   Valuable 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Meryl Ann Butler Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Bizarre Theft of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski's Miracle Cancer Cure

Mysterious Bayou Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Radiation, Hydrocarbons Detected

Relentless Bayou Corne Sinkhole Nearly 30 Times Original Size (UPDATED with Cave-In Video)

Sex, Love, and Jesus: A Few Surprises in the Easter Basket

2012: Armageddon or Quantum Leap? Gregg Braden's Answer-Fractal Time

California Fire Update: Station Fire 1:30 pm, Pacific Time 8-28-09