Celebrating Juliette Gordon Low!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

juliette“I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we are going to start it tonight.”

Juliette Gordon Low first started a Girl Guide group which later became known as the Girl Scouts of America. It started with just 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912. Tomorrow, October 31, we celebrate our founder’s birthday.

Juliette was born in 1860, the second of six children. Her family gave her the nickname Daisy and she kept it throughout her life. The Daisy Girl Scouts are named after her. As an infant she had an ear infection that left her almost deaf in one ear.

She was an active child and loved to swim, play tennis and stand on her head. Did you know that she once modeled new Girl Scout shoes at a board meeting by standing on her head?

Juliette married William Mackay Low in 1886. They traveled the world and lived in England for a period of time. It was in England in 1911 that she met the Boy Scout founder, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, and that’s how the idea started for her to develop the Girl Scouts in the United States.

In 1913 she opened the Girl Scouts national headquarters in Washington D.C. In 1915 Girl Scouts of America was incorporated in 1915, and Juliette was elected president. She retired in 1920. She passed away from cancer in 1927. She was buried in her Girl Scout uniform in Savannah. Her legacy doesn’t end there. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman authorized a stamp in her honor and in 1979 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2012 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It is because of Juliette Gordon Low that girls have the opportunities they do today so take a minute with your girls and talk about the Girl Scouts’ history. How are you celebrating our founder’s birthday? Make sure you send your photos to kdunne@gsnypenn.org.

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