JULIETTE GORDON LOW
Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low is the founder of Girl Scouting in the United States.
Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia. Her uncle nicknamed her Daisy when she was born because he thought she was such a beautiful baby.
In 1911, Juliette befriended Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in England.
On March 12, 1912, Juliette assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. Margaret "Daisy Doots" Gordon, her niece and namesake, was the first registered member.This was the first Girl Scout meeting in the United States.
Juliette believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.
The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.
Juliette died of breast cancer on January 18, 1927 at the age of 66.
You can learn more about Juliette Low here.
At the time of Juliette Low’s death, the Girl Scouts had 168,000 members. Since then, Girl Scouts' membership has grown to over 3 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas. In fact, more than 50 million women in the U.S. today are former Girl Scouts.