Juliette Gordon Low

So who is she? Jody‘s crew wanted to find out more about this remarkable woman.

She was the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. She was born Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon in 1860 in Savannah, GA. Her nickname was Daisy. Her father’s family were early settlers in Georgia. Her mother’s family played a part in founding Chicago, Illinois.

Her childhood home in Savannah was purchased and restored by the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1953. It has been registered as National Historic Landmark in 1965 and serves as the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center.

Some of her talents and abilities included writing poems, sketching, writing and acting in plays, painting, sculpting, swimming, rowing, canoeing, tennis.

Through a series of ear infections, she lost her hearing in one ear. At the age of 26 when she got married, a piece of “good luck rice” thrown at her wedding lodged in her ear, puncturing her ear drum and causing her to lose her hearing in her other ear. She moved to England with her husband. She came back during the Spanish-American war to aid in the war effort. When she returned to England, her marriage began to crumble. Her estranged husband died in 1905.

In 1911 she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. She returned to America less than a year later and called her cousin and they started the American Girl Guides with 18 girls. The name was changed to Girl Scouts the following year. Since then, the Girls Scouts have grown to 3.7 million members and influenced 59 million girls, women, and men.

She died in 1927 from breast cancer.

In July, 1948 the US had a stamp in honor of her. During WWII, she had a “Liberty Ship” named in her honor. She has had schools named in her honor, as well as a federal building in Savannah. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in April 2012.

Find out more about Girls Scouts of the USA and Juliette Gordon Low on the Girl Scout Website.

Jody Victor