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Girl Scouts turn 100

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 21, 2012 7:45 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, March 22:

Being a Girl Scout was a rite of passage for millions of American women. In fact, some 59 million adult women -- almost half of the nation's adult female population -- were members of the Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts of the USA are celebrating their 100th birthday this month and have declared 2012 as the "Year of the Girl" to bring attention to the value of encouraging and supporting girls.

On Thursday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll spotlight the Girl Scouts and its impact on young women. Part of the program will also be devoted to a discussion of challenges young women face today.

A report released earlier this month called Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact shows women who were or are Girl Scouts display significantly more positive life outomes than those who weren't Girl Scouts. For example, the survey found 66% of former Girl Scouts, who are mothers, have been a mentor/volunteer in their child's youth organization, compared to 48% of those who weren't Girl Scouts; 77% of Girl Scout alumnae vote regularly while 63% of non-Girl Scouts vote; and Girl Scout alumnae report household incomes of $51,700 compared to $42,200 for non alumnae.

What experiences in the Girl Scouts led women to those outcomes? Were you in the Girl Scouts? Describe your memories.

Don't miss Girl Scouts: Shaping a Century, which focuses on Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, on WITF-TV, Thursday  at 8 p.m.

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