Juliette Gordon Low

“The work of today is the history of tomorrow and we are its makers.” —Juliette Gordon Low

Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) was an American philanthropist and the founder of the Girl Scouts of America. As a girl born into some privilege, she was independent-minded, adventurous, artistic, curious and compassionate. She got an education and also married a wealthy man. Unfortunately, the marriage was unhappy and ruinous—which gave Juliette reason to create a great support network, which would help her later when she began her work with girls. After her husband died, she went to England, where she met with Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts in 1912. The same year, she established the Girl Scouts in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia. From her first troop of 18 culturally and ethnically diverse girls to the millions of members and alumnae today, Girl Scouts has invited all girls (including those with disabilities) to grow in their potential and leadership skills. In 2012, Juliette was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the USA for her “remarkable vision and dedication to empowering girls everywhere.”

“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 Gordon Low

 

 

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