Portraits in Leadership—Girl Scouts Interview Women Members of Congress
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.
The interviews gave Girl Scouts an opportunity to ask their Members of Congress for advice about the skills and the character girls will need to develop in order to lead our world in the twenty-first century. Seventy percent of the women in the U.S. Senate and 57 percent of the women in the House of Representatives are Girl Scout alumnae; but regardless of whether or not they were Girl Scouts, each Congresswoman spoke of the value of having an organization such as Girl Scouts to help girls develop leadership qualities.
Girls Scouts profiled women members of Congress—both Republicans and Democrats—to highlight their advice to girls everywhere who aspire to become leaders in their communities. Click on the names above to discover what women Members of Congress have to say about the important role Girl Scouts plays in developing leadership skills in girls.
Click here to see Annika's interview with Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham.
Click here to see more Girl Scout Portraits in Leadership interviews.
Girl Scout Day at the Roundhouse
February 18, 2015
Girl Scouts take action in many ways--through direct service in their community, by educating others, and by advocating for issues that better their community. Join us at the Roundhouse to learn more about the legislative process. Meet local legislators and decision makers. See how laws are made. Learn how you can make a difference!
Join us February 18, 2014 from 10am-1pm at the Roundhouse. For more information, contact Carol Ann at email@example.com
The 2014 legislative agenda for Girl Scouts includes increasing girls’ engagement in STEM, strengthening financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills, promoting safe and healthy living--reducing bullying.
Girl Scout 2014 Legislative Agenda
Public Policy and Advocacy
For over 60 years, Girl Scouts of the USA's Public Policy and Advocacy Office has worked across party lines with Congress and the Executive Branch to educate and raise awareness of the issues important to girls and young women. Through our advocacy efforts, we inform and educate key representatives of the government's legislative and executive branches about issues important to girls and Girl Scouting and help demonstrate to policymakers that Girl Scouts is a resource and an authority on issues affecting girls.
Annually, in partnership with our 112 Girl Scout councils and based on extensive program and research experience, the Girl Scouts of the USA develops a Federal Legislative Agenda (PDF) to advance key issues as a way to promote leadership opportunities for girls:
- Increasing girls' involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
- Strengthening financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills
- Promoting safe and healthy living – reducing bullying and relational aggression
A similar State Legislative Agenda (PDF) is used by our Girl Scout councils across the fifty states with their state public officials to advance issues important to girls and Girl Scouting.
Girl Scouts Advocacy Network
As the leading voice for girls, Girl Scouts have a key role to play to substantively address issues important to girls. Join us to make a difference in your community and across the nation.