LAS VEGAS – Last week, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Board of Directors unanimously approved to allow girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls.
Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada under the leadership of Interim CEO Helen Wronski has been closely monitoring this development for months. What the BSA has enacted is a “separate, but equal” approach: Cub Scout dens will be single-gender – all boys or all girls. However, as a society, women are not treated or valued equally to men. According to a March 2017 Business Insider article, “In 2017, on average a woman earns 79 cents for every dollar a man earns.” Women are also largely underrepresented among the C-suite with just 6.4% of the 2017 Fortune 500 list run by female CEOs.
“Girl Scouts is backed by 105 years of experience creating and developing programs specifically for girls,” said Linda Bridges, Chief of Communications for the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. “We were founded by a woman, 113 of our national councils are led by women CEOs, and a large majority of our Troop Leaders are women. That is a powerful signal of female empowerment we’re sending to the next generation of female leaders. Girl Scouts remains the leader in girl-focused and girl-led programming in the country.”
Today, more than ever, the case for girl-centered and girl-led programming remains strong:
- 78% of Girl Scouts have had leadership experiences, compared with 55% of a national sample of girls and 61% of boys.
- 64% of Girl Scouts consider themselves leaders compared to just 44% of a national sample of girls and 52% of boys.
- 45% of Girl Scouts think of women leaders in a positive way (creative, collaborative, inspirational), and are less likely to think of women leaders in a negative way (power-hungry, mean, selfish, arrogant) compared with 35% of a national sample of girls.
- 80 percent of female entrepreneurs and 60 percent of current female senators are Girl Scout alumnae.
“At a time when 81percent of American voters think preparing girls for leadership roles should be a national priority, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada —the preeminent leadership development organization for girls — offers girls even more opportunities to learn skills and empower themselves with the experiences they need to succeed in life,” said Linda Bridges, Chief of Communications.
About Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
Founded on April 14, 1932 in Boulder City, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. GSSNV focuses on four key pillars: STEM, Outdoor, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship.
GSSNV serves the four Southern-most counties in Nevada: Clark, Lincoln, Nye, & Esmeralda, as well as the Southern California counties of Inyo and San Bernardino (eastern border) and has 4,456 girl and adult members.
Linda Bridges, Chief of Communications
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