Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) envisioned an organization that would prepare girls to meet their world with courage, confidence, and character. In the midst of the Progressive Era and at a time when women in the United States did not have the right of suffrage, the nearly-deaf 51-one year old sparked a worldwide movement in 1912 that inspired girls to embrace their individuality, strength, and intellect, together – when she gathered 18 in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia to share what she had learned abroad about a new outdoor and educational program for youth.
Affectionately known as Daisy by her family and close friends, Juliette descended from a strong line of determined and adventurous women, growing up in a privileged family that straddled both the North and the South during the Civil War. She was educated and well-traveled, and after a disastrous marriage, eventually devoted her life to elevating girls through the Girl Scouts.
Those first Girl Scouts blazed trails and redefined what was possible for themselves and for girls everywhere. They played basketball. They hiked, swam, and camped. They learned to read the world around them, by studying a foreign language to better communicate and by telling time gazing at the stars above. They shared a sense of curiosity and a belief that they could do anything. But most importantly, just like Girl Scouts across the country and around the world today, they offered a helping hand to those in need and worked together to make their corner of the world a better place.
That small gathering of girls Juliette Gordon Low hosted over a century ago has grown to global movement that includes nearly 3 million Girls Scouts in 92 countries and more than 59 million alumnae—united across distance and decades by lifelong friendships, shared adventures, and the desire to do big things to make the world a better place.