In 2021, Adalyn and Ivy noted what they believed to be an alarming gap in pay for women and decided to team up to bring exposure to this issue for their Girl Scout Bronze Award project.
“I was really struck when I read the wage gap wouldn’t close until 2059, which is 30 years from now! My kids will have graduated by then!” Adalyn exclaimed. “And,” she added, “I started to realize that women of color were treated even more unfairly.”
Together, they leaned in to research these uncomfortable discrepancies,
created brochures, built a website, and even wrote their school and government
representatives to say: We can and must do better.
“People think we’ve come so far. But in 2022, women are still not making the same amount of pay. Women are needed everywhere, so why aren’t we supporting them with what they need? I don’t want to be paid less for my work,” Ivy said.
Being a changemaker, an advocate, and an unapologetic leader for an issue you care about isn’t easy. And both Adalyn and Ivy had this frustrating realization when they were denied support and felt unheard.
“When we worked to get pamphlets into our schools about the wage gap, we were told ‘no’ because it was political,” Adalyn shared.
“Equity should not be political. It should be the way we live.” Thankfully, their hard work did not go unnoticed. They eventually received responses from several local and state leaders encouraging them to keep using their voices! It was—and is—motivating and reminds Adalyn and Ivy to remain bold, stay courageous, and continue being unapologetic leaders.
Today, Adalyn and Ivy continue to focus on issues they are passionate about. “As a Girl Scout, I can say: This is what we do. We make a difference. I am really excited to continue forward in the future and see what more I can accomplish,” Ivy said.
Through your charitable giving and volunteerism, you ignite passion and create unapologetic leaders like Adalyn and Ivy. You are the best champions for our girls who are learning to advocate for issues that matter to them, whatever they may be.