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Girl Scouts Commemorate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State

Girl Scouts at Girl Scout Convention (c) 2017 Christine Morton

By Christine Morton SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)–Girl Scouts of all ages came together to celebrate the journey of women’s rights, but also say we still have a long way to go.

Chief Executive Officer for the Girl Scouts NYPENN Pathways, Julie Dale says the Girl Scouts have been teaching girls to be go-getters, innovators, risk takers and leaders (G.I.R.L.) for more than a hundred years. However, Dale says it is especially important to teach girls the importance of being involved in civic engagement in their own communities today. For example, Dale says no matter the girls’ age there is always something they can do, whether it’s helping in a project or attending a town meeting. A recent project Dale has done with her troop is raising enough money to put recycle bins throughout their town. Dale says although women have made strides in being included within society in the past decades, it is noteworthy to say we still have a long way to go. In addition, Dale says by teaching the Girl Scouts about their founder, Juliette Gordon Low, and other women such as women’s rights activist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, they can continue to fight for the justice of women in their own lives.

 

 

 

Girl Scout Convention Poster (c) 2017 Christine Morton

Wesleyan Chapel was home to the first Womens Rights Convention in 1848. (c) 2017 Christine Morton