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ROBERTA K. TILUNGHAST, PRESIDENT
Houston • Galveston • San Antonio • Corpus Christi
by Connie Pryzant
Back in October, 1913, The New York
Times sponsored a contest for the most
apt description of the "typical American
girl." One New Yorker described her this
way: "She is a strong, healthy, thoroughly
wholesome young person, sweetly sympathetic, who looks you squarely in the
eyes. She is almost the antithesis of the
extravagant, tight or slash skirted little
turkey trotter who constitutes such a
large portion of Fifth Avenue and Broadway."
"She is a nice, healthy thing. . .not inclined to think overmuch," observed one
playwright, "and far more anxious to be
told that her frock is 'perfectly sweet' by
other girls than to be assured that she
looks 'corking' by a man."
". . .The American girl is like the American skyscraper: she stands out against a
clear atmosphere, straight and clean cut.
She is a good girl," one contestant noted
while a woman wrote: "I should say that
almost any American girl could go out and
make a living if she had to. Her education
is of a more practical kind tnan that given
foreign girls. Our women are very independent and self-reliant."
Just a year earlier, Juliette Gordon Low
had started the first girl scout troop in
Savannah, Georgia. She borrowed the
motto Be Prepared from the Boy Scouts,
and urged her girls to prepare for careers
that were slowly opening for women.
"Juliette Low was a feminist. Her girl
scout movement provided a real vehicle
for women to do what they wanted—that
was quite revolutionary for those times,
(pre-World War I),"saidDonnie Pirnie, director of communications for the San
Jacinto Girl Scouts of Houston.
In How Girls Can Help Their Country,
published in 1913, Low wrote: "The numbers of women who have taken up aviation
proves that women's nerves are good
enough for flying."
Aviation, however, was still in its infancy. Most girls learned domestic duties. Low
and her scouts offered other alternatives
to girls of the early 1900's, among them
life in the outdoors. They learned to swim,
communicated through the Morse code
and learned life-saving first aid techniques.
Low believed that these developed skills
could lead to lifelong interests.
"Scouting is the cradle of careers. It is
where careers are born. For instance, a girl
tries bandaging. She finds she likes red
cross work and she decides to study seri
ously and become a hospital nurse. Or she
is expert in signaling and the Morse code
leads her to become a telegraph operator.
Or she goes in for social service and gets a
government job," said Low in a speech at
Mercer College in 1924.
In the silent movie Follow Me Girls,
produced by the Girl Scouts USA, a scout
signals with flags to a person on the other
side of a small lake only to find that a
telegraph operator has collapsed on the
job. She swims to the other side, performs
first-aid remedies on the operator, takes
over the telegraph wire and sends out a
plea for help. When the message returns
with the line, "Who are you?" she replies:
"I am just a Girl Scout."
She's developed a better self-image over
Girl Scouts still sell cookies but they
are also learning about marketing as they
organize their door-to-door cookie drives.
Last year Girl Scouts sold 84 million boxes of cookies at $1.25 to $1.50 per box.
This year's goal is 90 million boxes.
"Girl Scouting since 1912 has been
showing girls (seven to 17) that they can
do anything they want to and it's giving
them the tools to make their own decisions," Pirnie said.
The newest program offered by the
national board is From Dreams to Reality,
a "career awareness program that enables
girls to work with women in business,"
said Richard Knox, director of public relations, at the national Girl Scout headquarters in New York City.
The program, funded by the Office of
Career Education, U.S. Office of Education, is intended to reduce sex stereotyped
attitudes in career choices.
One feature of the program is a series
of vocational cards showing pictures of
women and describing their work. The
visual images provide role models for the
girls, Pirnie said.
"Through this program, local troop
leaders can help the girls make contacts
and learn more about careers," Knox said.
The Chicago Council of the Girl Scouts
started its own version of "Dreams to
Reality," entitled Metro Magic, even before the national board announced is program.
Chicago's senior troop no. 2001 has visited women employed in accounting and
in advertising agencies. A council summer
program includes trips to Illinois Bell to
speak to women managers, to the Hyatt
House to learn about hotel management
and to a local cosmetic factory owned by
a woman, according to Audrey Peeples,
executive director of public relations for