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Centennial of Suffrage

Girl Scouts emphasis on civics education and civic engagement began in 1918 with the first Civics Badge and in 1920 with a Citizens Badge. Beginning in 2019, GSUSA will celebrate and rally multiple generations around the centennial through national and local council engagement initiatives and partnerships to increase awareness of past suffrage achievements while reaffirming civic purpose and the future of girls’ advocacy.

19th Amendment to the Constitution: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

GSUSA Celebrates the Centennial of Suffrage in 2020

2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which was a significant milestone in the suffrage movement in the United States. GSUSA is partnering with the Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative to share content and increase excitement around this historic anniversary.

Get Involved

Girl Scout Activities and Resources
Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Centennial Program

The Girl Scout Ranger program invites Girl Scouts to participate in projects at national park sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and Girl Scouting; to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources; and to promote their exploration of natural and cultural resources, environmental science, and conservation careers.

Suffrage Button Activity

Design your own Suffrage Button! Many suffragists proudly wore buttons to display their support of the movement. While some pins were produced generically, others were designed by groups incorporating certain colors, symbols, or slogans specific to their ideals.

Civic Action for Girls

When you're a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ you do great things. You believe in taking action and in righting the wrongs you see. You believe we are more powerful together than we are apart.

And you make your voice heard—with bold moves like advocating for positive change in your community, standing up against everyday injustices, mobilizing others to donate or volunteer for causes, meeting with public officials and community leaders to educate them about important issues, and lots more. You are the power behind the G.I.R.L. Agenda.

Every girl has a voice. Every girl’s voice is important.

Here’s how you can use your voice for good. 

Get inspired.

See how kids at every age can make a difference. What will you do?

Get prepared.

Get ready to take the lead like a Girl Scout! Read up on how to take civic action with these handy guides:

Get mobilized.

Unleash your inner leader to make the world a better place!

  • Grades K–5
    Think about your community, and then take a stand for something you care about.

  • Middle School
    Explore differences, form your own opinion, and raise your voice for something that’s important to you.

  • High School
    Take a stand, build your community, and make moves to create lasting change.
Civic Action for Adults

The future belongs to every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ who believes in her power to change the world.

When you advocate for issues important to girls—and to you—you’re advancing the G.I.R.L. Agenda.

When you help girls and young women nationwide unleash their inner leaders as they create positive change through advocacy and action—you’re advancing the G.I.R.L. Agenda.

We all have a role and a responsibility to take civic action to make the world a better place.

Here’s what you can do right now to support the G.I.R.L. Agenda.

Get inspired. 

Discover what others are doing to better their communities.
Hear amazing stories about how girls change the world.
Learn more about Girl Scouts and civic engagement.

Champion a Girl Advocate


Help Kids Take Action Against Racism

Racism didn't end with the Civil Rights movement. Whenever we see injustice, we all have a responsibility to confront it.

Support Her as She Stands Up for Change

Listen to what your girl has to say about the issues she cares about. You might just learn a thing or two.

New Cool Girl Hangout? City Council Meetings

She wants to change the world? Here's exactly where she should start.

Teach Her How to Fight Injustice

Telling kids they're powerless in the face of injustice isn't lazy and disempowering, it's ultimately not true.

Your Daughter vs. Her School Dress Code

Students nationwide are challenging school dress codes. Here's how to deal if your girl wants to get involved.

What Our Country Needs Right Now Is You

How you and your girl can stand up for inclusiveness and diversity.


Get prepared.

Are you ready to encourage your girl to be civically engaged? Download these helpful tools to get started:

Exploring Civic Engagement with Your Girl (Grades K–1) (PDF)
Exploring Civic Engagement with Your Girl (Grades 2–3) (PDF)
Getting Inside Government with Your Girl (Grades 4–5) (PDF)
Finding Common Ground with Your Girl (Grades 6–8) (PDF)
Get Behind the Ballot with Your Girl (Grades 9–10) (PDF)
Dig into Public Policy with Your Girl (Grades 11–12) (PDF)      

Get mobilized.

Take a look around you—at school, at work, and in your local area. Are there any causes or issues that interest both you and the girl in your life? Get involved!

Be the change you want to inspire. Have you considered volunteering with girls in your community? You can be the caring mentor she’ll remember forever.

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