The State of Girls: Unfinished Business is a groundbreaking report from the Girl Scout Research Institute that stakes out key issues and major trends affecting girls' leadership and healthy development in the U.S. today. A report of this magnitude and breadth focusing specifically on girls has never been conducted, making it a much-needed resource in the field. As the "voice for and of girls," Girl Scouts believes it is critical for those who support girls to have up to date, accurate information about the state of girls' physical, social and psychological well-being.
The report finds that while there is promising news for girls in areas such as their educational attainment, many girls are being left behind, and not all girls are faring the same. In particular, black/African American and Hispanic/Latina girls face significant challenges in making successful transitions to adulthood. However, we know that "data is not destiny" and Girl Scouting is committed to ensuring all girls reach their full potential.
Review the full report and more resources.
On October 30, 2013, CEO Jane Christyson, Gold Awardee Julia Fink and Board Member Nancy Lignoski represented GSNEO in Columbus. They attended the women legislative breakfast at the Statehouse and shared important ways Girl Scouts are taking action in Ohio. Julia did a great job explaining her Gold Award project and helping call the legislators up for pinning.
Ohio Girl Scout councils rally legislators around the “State of the Girl”
As Girl Scouts boldly enters its second century of building girls of courage, confidence and character, four Ohio Girl Scout councils are rallying women legislators to advocate for issues affecting Ohio’s girls and young women. To kick off this effort, the four Ohio Girl Scout Councils hosted a “State of the Girl” forum at the Ohio Statehouse on Oct. 30, 2013. Ohio’s 32 women legislators were pinned as members of the Ohio Honorary Girl Scout Legislative Troop #1912, during the event.
Legislative Update from our CEO 9-13-2013.
2013 Girl Scout State Legislative Agenda
One hundred years after the Girl Scouts’ national founding in 1912, four Ohio Girl Scout councils have called on the state’s women legislators to advocate for issues affecting girls and young women in 2012 and beyond.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, chief executive officers from Girl Scouts of Black Diamond, North East Ohio, Ohio’s Heartland, and Western Ohio Councils gathered at the Ohio Statehouse to pin Ohio’s 30 women legislators into Ohio Honorary Girl Scout Legislative Troop #1912.
Girl Scouts’ legislative focus encompasses: promoting girls' physical, social and emotional health; increasing girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and math; advancing the cause of girls in leadership; and strengthening their financial literacy. Ohio Honorary Girl Scout Legislative Troop #1912 will serve as an advocate for girls and young women in those areas and help educate branches of Ohio government about the issues and barriers that hinder girls and young women from opportunities to excel. Serving as co-chairs of the troop are state Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Sen. Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland).
Susan Thompson, Dr. Daisy Alford-Smith, Tammy H. Wharton, and Roni Luckenbill, CEOs of the four respective Ohio Girl Scout councils, represented their councils at the event. They were joined by state Rep. Gonzales, Sen. Smith, and Stephanie Owen, communication director from the office of Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, and Erin Shannon, community relations manager at White Castle System Inc., the event’s sponsor.
Be the Voice For Girls! The Girl Scouts Advocacy Network provides tools for you to become a voice for girls and to make a difference in your community and across the nation. Together, we can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and the Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you will have an impact on girl policy issues moving through Congress and state legislatures.
Through the Girl Scout Advocacy Network website you can swiftly take action on the following issues:
Check out the tool at the Advocacy website that helps you find your elected officials!