Are Girl Scouts More Likely to Enter Politics?

Girl Scouts may be more likely to enter politics in the US, since 60% of US Congresswomen were once members of the organization. Many first ladies and members of the first family were as well, including Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Tricia Nixon Cox, and Lyndon B. Johnson's daughters Luci and Lynda. Despite the high concentration of Girl Scouts in politics, only about 8% of all women in the US were scouts.

More about the Girl Scouts:

  • Other famous Girl Scouts include Lucille Ball, Sandra Day O'Connor, Martha Stewart, Gloria Steinem, Grace Kelly, and Abigail van Buren, better known as Dear Abby.
  • As of 2010, there were over 2 million young Girl Scouts in the US, almost 900,000 adult members, and over 10 million Girl Scouts and Girl Guides worldwide.
  • Over 200 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies are sold every year.
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The Scout movement should still be promoted even more aggressively in these uncertain times. Young people need this structure. What in God's name does sexual orientation have to do with capabilities? My children were all scout members and are now upstanding members of their community!

It is available to all children and they learn lifetime skills that the parents sometimes neglect to provide as other things take precedence.

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