From the Mother Jones Blog:
Of the newly elected senators, Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) were all involved with Girl Scouts. If the House is included as well, 60 percent of women in Congress were once Girl Scouts!
This is notable, as only about 8 percent of women overall in the US were Girl Scouts in their youth. Anna Maria Chavez, the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA had this to say about why Girl Scouts is so well represented in Washington. “From the very beginning the whole mission of this organization has been to create girls who are very sensitive and in tune with their community needs. We develop not only leaders, but leaders with a political conscience.”
She noted that Girl Scouts are also well-represented among women business leaders and astronauts, for example. “This organization has literally created the female leadership pipeline in the country,” she said. “There’s obviously a secret sauce in our methodology.”
For certain, Girl Scouts learn a number of life skills – financial literacy, environmental awareness, the value of community service.
While we’re excited about having 20 women in the Senate, that’s still far from representative of the US population. Chavez said that is also why the Girl Scouts launched a new campaign this year, ToGetHerThere, which aims to increase the number of women in leadership roles through mentorship and supportive environments for developing those skills. The goal of the program is to achieve parity within a generation, which they’re defining as about 25 years from now.