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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2003
Washington, D.C.—Girl Scouts of the USA proudly announces passage of Senate Resolution 79, declaring the week of March 9 to 15, 2003, as National Girl Scout Week. The resolution passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent.
"For over 91 years, the Girl Scout organization has been a positive influence in the lives of girls who grow up to make contributions in all walks of life," said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), sponsor of the resolution and co-leader of the Honorary Congressional Girl Scout Troop. "I was a Girl Scout, as were many of my colleagues in both the House and Senate. The Girl Scouts taught me the importance of honesty, fairness and respect for others. I gained confidence and learned skills I value even today."
"Scouting provides leadership skills for nearly three million girls, Sen. Hutchison said. "It's not easy growing up, particularly in today's society. There is no better organization than the Girl Scouts to guide young women in their formative years."
During Girl Scout Week, the organization renews its commitment to help every girl to have the opportunity to grow strong and realize her own potential. Each year Girl Scout Week commemorates the 1912 founding of Girl Scouting in the United States by Juliette Gordon Low. In the 91 years since, the organization has helped shape the lives of more than 59 million women.
Today, there are over 3.8 million Girl Scouts. This year, Girl Scouts of the USA has implemented a national math, science, and technology initiative to nurture girls' early interest and ability in these areas. It's one part of an ongoing effort to prepare today's girls to take on the technological opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.
Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D-AR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Evan Bayh (D-IN), John Warner (R-VA), George Allen (R-VA), Herb Kohl (D-WI), James M. Inhofe (R-OK), Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND), and Richard G.Lugar (R-IN) cosponsored the resolution introduced by Kay Bailey Hutchison.
About Girl Scouts of the USA
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.8 million girls and adults. Now in its 91st year, GSUSA continues to help cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. In Girl Scouting—and its special girls-only environment—girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. 91 Years. Girl Scouts. Still Growing Strong. Visit us at www.girlscouts.org.