Our work on behalf of girls reaches even further beyond programs… we’re also working across party lines with lawmakers to support issues affecting girls today. In partnership with sister councils in Wisconsin and Michigan, we are influencing nonpartisan public policy and resource allocation based on issues that matter most to Girl Scouts: financial literacy, bully prevention, STEM, and supporting a thriving nonprofit community.
Each year a new legislative agenda is released by Girl Scouts of the USA, and councils around the country meet with legislators in their states to discuss these issues and share the important work their councils are doing to serve girls. A listing of 2014 legislative issues is available on the Girl Scouts of the USA advocacy webpage.
In Wisconsin, our advocacy group helped form Troop 1912, which is made up of female elected officials in our state legislature. The goal of Troop 1912 is to engage female legislators in the Girl Scout mission by informing them of the great work done among our councils and encouraging their support on issues relevant to girls. Each new legislative year, girl and adult advocacy representatives from our organization and other Wisconsin councils travel to Madison to address our agenda with Troop 1912 and spotlight the needs of girls in today’s world. It is our intention that we affect positive change through collaborative leadership and decision-making. To do this, we must bring the issues that girls face to the broader world outside our organization while also introducing girls to leaders in various political sectors.
State of Girls
Last year, the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) released The State of Girls: Unfinished Business, which examined key issues and major trends affecting girls’ healthy development in the U.S. Additionally, data from a state-level perspective was recently released, summarizing and ranking girls’ well-being in each location. Five specific areas of development are referenced: physical health and safety, emotional health, economic well-being, education, and extracurricular activities. For a digital copy of the Wisconsin or Michigan fact sheet, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to learn more? Visit girlscouts.org and find out how you can get involved!
Portraits in Leadership
In a series of interviews with female members of the United States Congress, Girl Scouts across the country sat down with their Congresswomen to learn about their individual leadership journeys and discover what inspired them to take on leadership roles. Watch the video below for Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin’s conversation with Girl Scout Ambassador Hallie Kircher-Henning, and visit the GSUSA advocacy page for even more videos.