More than one hundred years ago, on March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low, who was nicknamed Daisy, held the first Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, Georgia. The youngest Girls Scouts, those in kindergarten and first grade, are called Daisies in her honor.
Juliette Gordon was born just before the American Civil War, on October 31, 1860. Here is a picture of Daisy Low when she was 10 years old.
She married her husband, William Mackay Low when she was 26 years old. This portrait of her was painted at about the time of her marriage. You can see this painting in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
In 1911, when she was 51 years old, Juliette Gordon Low was living in England. There she met Robert Baden-Powell, who founded the Boy Scouts. Juliette Gordon Low organized troops in Scotland and England and then decided to bring Girl Scouts (called Girl Guides back then) to America. Here is a picture of Juliette from London, and a picture of Sir Robert Baden-Powell.
When Juliette got back to America from England, she telephoned a cousin, saying "Come right over! I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we are going to start tonight!"
There were only 18 girls at the first meeting - but over the years over 50 million girls and women have been included in Girl Scouts! Many incredible women have been Girls Scouts - and many of them have worked here in D.C. Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court, was a Girl Scout; so was Hillary Rodham Clinton. The list also includes Senator Patty Murray, Nancy Reagan, Madeleine Albright, and Condoleezza Rice.
Here are some pictures of Girl Scouts throughout the years.
In the summer of 2012, to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Girl Scouting, there was a big sing-along at the National Mall, called Rock the Mall. Girl Scouts from all over the country came - there were over 200,000 people in all - including girls from Troop 4163!