|With more than 200 participants in attendance -- including girls of all ages, Girl Scout volunteers, community leaders and business leaders -- Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas celebrated the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting yesterday, March 12, 2012.|
Empowered by the need to create balanced leadership and equal representation of women in leadership positions in society, GSSWT introduced the ToGetHerThere initiative. The initiative is the largest, boldest advocacy cause dedicated to girls' leadership in the nation's history and seeks to incite a monumental shift in the way we support girls in the country. The announcement also introduced the ToGetHerThere pledge along with the Give the Green Light and Girl Scouts Greats initiatives.
"Today's girls are faced with so many negative influences including peer pressure, lack of role models, unhealthy images in the media about beauty and bullying," said Rose González Pérez, GSSWT's Interim Chief Executive Officer. "About 89 percent of teen girls believe that men outnumber women in leadership positions today, whether in places like Congress or as heads of major corporations. By taking the ToGetHerThere pledge, we can change these views and give girls the confidence they need to take on more leadership roles."
Rose Gonzalez Perez with Girl Scouts
In conjunction with this year's celebration of Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary, GSSWT unveiled the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary commemorative poster, created by Girl Scout Alumna and four-time Fiesta San Antonio poster artist, Shelley Fluke, and celebrated the occasion with a Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary birthday cake.
"This multi-year effort will help break down societal barriers that hinder girls from leading and achieving success in everything from technology and science to business and industry," said Jackie L. Gorman, Chair, GSSWT Board of Directors. "We have a role to play in helping girls achieve their full leadership potential, and I hope that you all will join me in supporting this cause."
Jackie L. Gorman with a Girl Scout and a future Girl Scout
The initiative asks supporters to get informed, speak-up, and invest in girls in order to advocate for healthy media images, identify effective mentors, increase girls' involvement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) areas, and join the fight against bullying. To learn more, visit ToGetHerThere.org.
Not able to attend? View the photo gallery here.
Read the front page article of yesterday's event in today's San Antonio Express-News!
Show your support and celebrate Girl Scouting's 100th
- Change your profile picture on Facebook or other social networking sites to one of you in your Girl Scout uniform or other 100th anniversary graphic
- Help GSSWT reach 2,000 likes on Facebook by the end of March -- and tell your friends to like us, too
- Light up your residence or place of business with green exterior lights for the Give the Green Light ToGetHerThere initiative
- Take the ToGetHerThere pledge now
- Purchase a Girl Scout reusable bag from any H-E-B store in Texas -- art on the bags was designed by Girl Scouts in San Antonio and proceeds from bag sales benefit Girl Scouts across Texas
- Visit the remarkable history banners near the lobby at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center detailing the 100th anniversary nationally, as well as the local history of Girl Scouting in Southwest Texas