Girl Scouts Timeline
Overview | 1912-1919 | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s |
1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s
Left: Girl Scouts tend to children as women go to vote for the first time.
Right: Reading one of the nation's first magazines for girls—Girl Scout's The American Girl.
The 1920s were times of American prosperity, advancement, and optimism. The first transatlantic flight took place and movies lit up the big screen. Urbanization fueled industrialization and the economy. The decade also symbolized victory for women with the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted them the right to vote.
- The first Girl Scout Troops on Foreign Soil (TOFS) were established in China, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Syria for American girls living in other countries.
- The first Native American Girl Scout troop was formed with girls of the Onondaga Nation in central New York State, and a troop of Mexican American girls was formed in Houston, Texas.
- Field News, originally a supplement to The American Girl, becomes Girl Scout Leader (later called LEADER) and is distributed as a separate publication.
- New Girl Scout badges included Economist and Interpreter, and revisions already were being made to the Journalist and Motorist badges.
- Girls in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania formed a Girl Scout Radio Troop, in collaboration with pioneering radio station KDKA.
- By the end of the decade, there were more than 200,000 Girl Scouts.