FRAMINGHAM – Today, March 12, is national Girl Scout Day!
It is always celebrated on thsi day to mark the date of Juliette Gordon Low’s first American Girl Guide (Girl Scout) meeting, in Savannah, Georgia in 1912.
Low got the idea to create what is now Girl Scouts after she met Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, in 1911.
Today ends National Girl Scout Week – March 5-12.
Currently, there are about 2.6 million girl and adult members worldwide.
Girl Scouts celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, so this year marks the 110th birthday!
Fifty-nine million American women alive today participated in Girl Scouts growing up.
Virtually every female astronaut was a Girl Scout, according to the organization.
Girl Scout alums in the world of public service include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Seventy-six percent of female U.S. senators are Girl Scout alums.
Fifty-two percent of women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives are Girl Scout alums.
Three of the four current female governors are Girl Scout alums.
Other famous alumni include Taylor Swift, Venus and Serena Williams, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, and Robin Roberts.