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Girl Scouts: Its Role in the Lives of American Women of Distinction

By Louis Harris and Associates, Inc. (New York, N.Y.: Girl Scouts of the USA, 1991). (Executive Summary, 40 pp.)

This is a study of what being a Girl Scout has done for women of achievement and distinction in America. The Girl Scouts have had a direct and powerful impact on the lives of American women who are making important contributions to the future of the country.

Between May 16 and June 7, 1991, a cross section of 473 women listed in Who's Who of American Women were interviewed. In all, a total of 301, or 64% of the total, said that they had once belonged to the Girl Scouts. Among a random sample of all adult women in the U.S., a lower 42% report having once been a member of the Girl Scouts.

They were asked such questions as what it was about the Girl Scouts that contributed to their positive experience; how it helped them develop values; whether the Girl Scouts provided an adult role model or mentor; the extent to which the Girl Scouts gave them insights into their future, opened up leadership opportunities, encouraged them to set high goals and aspirations; and, in the end, how Girl Scouting made them more responsible members of the community.

From this study emerges the role that Girl Scouts played in shaping women of distinction in America.

To download Girl Scouts: Its Role in the Lives of American Women of Distinction, use the link below. For more information about this publication, e-mail the Girl Scout Research Institute or call (800) GSUSA 4 U.

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