The White House announced that President Obama is posthumously awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, recognizes individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”.
This marks a special moment in our history, for it was Daisy Low and her remarkable vision of “something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world” that set in motion a movement—the Girl Scout Movement. How fitting that this singular honor should come in 2012, almost exactly 100 years after she gathered those first 18 Girl Scouts. Today, there are 59 million of us who have worn the Girl Scout uniform or been part of Girl Scouting in some way. All of us owe Daisy Low a debt of gratitude, and we should rejoice at the news that her indelible contributions to the lives of girls will be recognized by a grateful nation when the President formally presents the award in late spring.
Juliette Gordon Low, as all of us in Girl Scouting know, was a great and visionary woman, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom is a testament to her enduring legacy and the place Girl Scouting holds in the fabric of the American experience.
- Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA