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Good role models

Qian Julie Wang decided that she would become a lawyer. An avid reader, Wang explains, “I had come upon and gulped down condensed biographies of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Thurgood Marshall. Ruth and Thurgood showed me that lawyers didn’t have to be men, and they didn’t have to be white.” Wang, author of Beautiful Country, […]

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Love is all around

I helped with a Girl Scout day-of-service on March 4, 2023. Before the Girl Scouts left to help senior citizens, pick up trash in a park and help people in a number of other ways, I listened as almost 70 girls repeated this litany. Love is all around us. Good is all around us. We […]

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Be kind to a teenage girl

The statistics are alarming. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost three in five teenage girls reported feeling so persistently sad or hopeless almost every day for at least two weeks in a row during the previous year that they stopped regular activities. Say something kind to a teenage girl today. Ask […]

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Educate all of the girls

Wangari Maathai was born in Kenya in 1940—when girls were not supposed to be educated. Fortunately, her father decided to send her to boarding school when she was 11. Four years later, she started high school. It was a big deal for a girl in Kenya, and the local shoemaker made Wangari her first pair […]

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Every little girl

We hope our daughters will have a smoother path on their way to the offices of president and vice president, says Debra Adams Simmons, an executive editor of National Geographic. And, Simmons quotes Kamala Harris: “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last because every little girl […]

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A girl with a book

“Never underestimate the power of a girl with a book,” Ruth Bader Ginsberg once said. I’m going to honor Ruth Bader Ginsberg by encouraging girls I know to read a book, get lots of years of education and fight for justice.

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A sign they’re ready to marry

Anna Dahlqvist, author of It’s Only Blood, talked to girls in Kenya, and they explained that the first period is seen as a sign that they’re ready to marry. Then, the girls asked Dahlqvist how they could hide their period so that they could delay marriage. “What happens when menstrual shame clashes with poverty?” Dahlqvist […]

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The right to education

In Uganda, we found that around 50 percent of girls are missing school several days every month because of their periods, reports Anna Dahlqvist in her book It’s Only Blood. “In studies in which the students explain why they do not go to school, the same reasons are repeated: fear of leakage. The smell. Shame […]

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Very bad injustice

When I attended a Girl Scout book club meeting earlier this summer, we discussed the book Who Was Harriet Tubman? by Yona Zeldis McDonough. We learned that Harriet Tubman had to leave her parents when she was six-years-old because she was “hired out” to work for a weaver. When Harriet dropped the yarn, she was […]

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Girls today

Girls in this country are ethnically and racially diverse with half—51 percent—white, 25 percent Hispanic, 14 percent Black, 5 percent Asian, 4 percent multiracial and 1 percent American Indian. Four out of 10 of all the girls, ages 5 to 17, in this country live in families with low-incomes. Girl Scouts is trying to include […]

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