She was kind of a stern looking woman, wasn’t she? But as far as role models for girls go, she’s pretty awesome.
Juliette Gordon Low . . .
- stood on her head at every birthday just to prove she could do it.
- helped organize a convalescent hospital during the Spanish American War.
- started Girl Scouts when she was in her 50s.
- welcomed girls of all nationalities and abilities into Girl Scouts at a time when this was not done.
- encouraged girls to not only learn about homemaking in the 1920s, but also science and business.
- flew in some of the earliest powered planes.
- would frequently use her deafness to pretend not to hear when someone tried to get out of doing work for the Girl Scouts. (I wish I could use this sometimes . . .)
- acted fearlessly, compassionately, and intelligently at all times. And had a great sense of humor, too.
Happy birthday, Juliette, and thank you for bringing into being an organization that means so much to me and my daughter.