Imagine what life was like for girls in 1912. They were not permitted to play sports, and were not encouraged to pursue higher education. It was during that time that Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Lowe organized just 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia to start the first Girl Scout troop. They came together to grow and learn and changed the way people viewed girls and women. I was fortunate myself to be a Girl Scout for five years, and credit the organization with helping me develop leadership and critical thinking skills. Today there are more than 3.2 million Girl Scouts, still learning and growing together the same way they did in 1912.
This weekend, in commemoration of its 100th anniversary, the Girl Scouts are recognizing women of distinction in Perth Amboy. Many of the honorees are important members of our Perth Amboy Public Schools family. Please join me in congratulating them!