Profiles-Juliette Gordon Low
They say that there is an average of 5 people with whom we spend the most time. This was clearly true for Juliette Gordon Low as two of her closest friends started the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in England. They inspired Low to found the Girl Scouts in the United States. She started with 18 girls, and there are now over 10 million Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the world.
“My purpose… to go on with my heart and soul, devoting all my energies to Girl Scouts, and heart and hand with them, we will make our lives and the lives of the future girls happy, healthy and holy.”
Juliette was a rebel in her time. She wanted the Girl Scouts to go camping, enjoy nature, and play sports – things many girls and women were not supposed to do back then. In the original Girl Scout handbook,girls could find instructions for how to stop a runaway horse and how to tie up a burglar with eight inches of cord. (1)
The Girl Scouts is a place where girls can become great leaders with a strong focus on integrity. Girls are taught to be fair, honest, friendly and helpful. Here is a place where our daughters can become the leaders of the future.
“Right is right, even if no one else does it “
Juliette Gordon Low changed the world for girls with one simple idea and a lot of pluck.
Jill Roth, our resident “Wandering Warrior” holds her fourth-degree Black Belt with the American Tae-Kwon Do Association, a Blue Belt in Kempo, a level 2 Reiki and an NRA Certification in Basic Pistol. She is proud to write about strong woman in each issue as well as introduce us to different experiences in martial arts through her Wandering Warrior column (see page 42).