Channel One News producer Toni DeAztlan recently interviewed troops from the new, more mod Girl Scouts. Though Toni’s not a G-Scout herself, we hope she earned an honorary badge, because we learned a lot of new things about the organization too.
The Girl Scouts themselves have been asking questions too. They recently released a study, Change It Up! What Girls Say About Redefining Leadership which asked 4,000 kids between the ages of 8 and 17 their thoughts on leadership.
- Girls do not identify with the command-and-control definition of leadership prevalent in our culture today. Instead, girls embrace a leadership style that focuses on ethics, personal principles, and social change values.
- Nearly 70 percent of the students said they want to be a leader who “stands up for their beliefs and values,” and 59 percent said they want to be a leader “who tries to change the world for the better.”
- Thirty-nine percent of girls say they want to be leaders. Despite this, girls face barriers that include a lack of self-confidence in their own skill set and competencies, stress, fear of speaking in front of others, peer pressure, and stereotypes about what it means to be a girl in today’s society.
- Girls’ mothers are their main source of support in terms of leadership.
- Girls feel that the power to change things, or teach and help others in many environments is most appealing to them.
Want to know more? See what some Girls Scouts have to say about their experiences here, and check out the Girl Scouts website to explore the organization’s leadership accomplishments and opportunities.