Girl Scouts of Colorado recognizes Women’s Suffrage Centennial

August is National Women’s Suffrage Month, join Girl Scouts of Colorado as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote! Suffrage is the right to vote in political elections and suffragists are people who advocate for the extension of the right to vote, especially to women. As we celebrate you will see this moment in history referred to as the “Women’s Suffrage Centennial”, “Suffrage Centennial”, or the 100thanniversary of the 19th Amendment.

This special blog post briefly explores the history of the women’s suffrage movement and lists opportunities and resources for Girl Scouts to learn more.

Special thanks our partners at the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, League of Women Voters of ColoradoNational Park Service, and Girl Scouts of the USA for bringing together unique opportunities for Girl Scouts to recognize this moment in history.

About the Women’s Suffrage Centennial

The 19th Amendment states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

According to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, “Suffragists began their organized fight for women’s equality in 1848 when they demanded the right to vote during the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. For the next 72 years, women leaders lobbied, marched, picketed, and protested for the right to the ballot. The U.S. House of Representatives finally approved the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, on May 21, 1919. The U.S. Senate followed two weeks later, and the 19th Amendment went to the states, where it had to be ratified by 3/4ths of the-then-48 states to be added to the Constitution. By a vote of 50-47, Tennessee became the last state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby issued a proclamation declaring the 19th Amendment ratified and part of the US Constitution on August 26, 1920, forever protecting American women’s right to vote. Today, more than 68 million women vote in elections because of the courageous suffragists who never gave up the fight for equality.”

As we recognize this important moment in U.S. history it is important to note that the language of the 19th Amendment included all eligible votes but not all eligible voters, especially women of color, could exercise their right to vote.

The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative reminds us, “First of all, the Constitution in 1920 mandated a minimum voting age of 21, so the 19th Amendment allowed for women 21 and over to vote. Then, although the 19th Amendment included women of color, many were unable to vote. In the southern United States, restrictive state or local laws called for poll taxes and/or literacy tests before a citizen could vote. Eighty percent of African Americans lived in the southern U.S. in 1920. As more black women moved north, they were able to vote more freely. Full exercise of black voting rights was intended with the Voting Rights Act of 1965; however, even today some states continue to erect barriers to black voting. Native American women were largely excluded from voting before the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924; some states and localities still passed laws effectively barring Natives from voting until the late 1940s. Not until the late 1940s and 1950s were restrictions on Asian American voting removed.”

GSCO Virtual Programs

Suffrage Centennial with the Women’s Rights National Historic Park

Wednesday, August 5, 3 – 4 p.m., all ages

A National Park Ranger will talk to girls live from the Wesleyan Chapel. The Wesleyan Chapel is the location of the First Women’s Rights Convention held on July 19 and 20, 1848, in which approximately 300 people gathered to attend. It is considered by many historians to the formal beginning of the Women’s Rights Movement in the United States.

Girls will learn about the history of women’s right to vote and have an opportunity for a live Q&A session with the National Park Ranger.

Suffrage Centennial Celebration with the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the League of Women Voters of Colorado

C/S/A: Monday, August 10, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

D/B/J: Friday, August 14, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Girls will learn about the suffrage movement and the women who shaped history. They’ll explore how these actions set the stage for women’s rights throughout history, how the Women’s Rights Movement is still a part of our current lives, and how, through advocacy, we have the power to impact the lives of others. Representatives of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame will teach girls about the history of the movement and about Colorado suffragists, and representatives from the League of Women Voters will talk to girls about how they can take action today to make the world a better place.

Girl Scout patches and activities

  • Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Patch Program: The National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the USA are commemorating the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a limited-edition commemorative patch, activity guide, activity log, certificate, and special awards. The Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Patch Program will enhance Girl Scouts’ understanding of the significance of the 19th Amendment which removed the gender restriction to voting and granted many women the right to vote. Celebrate the advances that resulted from the suffrage movement and key historical figures who were involved.
  • The Complete Suffrage Toolkit: The materials and activities in this toolkit will inspire girls to discover the history of women’s voting rights and civic engagement. Through these activities, girls will connect, have multigenerational conversations within their communities, better understand the gender barriers that have been broken, and celebrate the women who broke them.
  • The Suffrage Art Projects: Check out these fun art projects that take inspiration from what early suffragists did to call attention to their cause. Get creative and put your own twist on these entertaining activities. 

Colorado Specific Activities and Resources“As the first state to enact equal suffrage through popular vote – on November 7, 1893 – Colorado has a lot to commemorate . . .”

At Home Activities

Online Exhibits

Still to Come in August!

  • National Civic Action: Promote the Vote
  • Women’s Voting Rights around the World from the GSCO Global Action Team

Resources

19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote (1920) – https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=63

2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative – https://www.2020centennial.org/

“Between Two Worlds: Black Women and the Fight for Voting Rights” – https://www.nps.gov/articles/black-women-and-the-fight-for-voting-rights.htm

Library of Congress – https://www.loc.gov/exhibitions/women-fight-for-the-vote/about-this-exhibition/

National Archives – https://www.archives.gov/women/suffrage

National Park Service – https://www.nps.gov/subjects/womenshistory/19th-amendment.htm

National Parks Service, Article Series “Suffrage in America: The 15th and 19th Amendments” – https://www.nps.gov/articles/series.htm?id=EA334AEE-A3B5-5979-737829A71446739C

National Women’s History Museum, The Woman Suffrage Movement – https://www.womenshistory.org/resources/general/woman-suffrage-movement

PBS – https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/not-for-ourselves-alone/womens-suffrage/

Smithsonian Institution – https://americanhistory.si.edu/democracy-exhibition/vote-voice

Voting Rights Act (1965) – https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=100#

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission – https://www.womensvote100.org/

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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Available NOW at the GSCO Shop: Mystery Boxes

Mystery Boxes are now available at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Retail Shop! There are three sizes to choose from and they range in price from $10 – $25.

  • $10 Box: Minimum of three items worth at least $20
  • $15 Box: Minimum of three items worth at least $30
  • $25 Box : Minimum of five items worth at least $50

What’s in the box? It’s a mystery!

To order yours, call (303) 607-4880, email retail@gscolorado.org, or use this online form: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html. To use Cookie Credits, simply tell the retail associate when contacted about your order.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Kick off your Girl Scout year by attending a VIRTUAL Leadership Summit

Leadership Summits, learning opportunities for adult volunteers, will be offered virtually  for Fall 2020. That means you will get the skills and knowledge needed to provide a positive Girl Scout experience all from the comfort of your own home!

While we are unable to meet in-person right now, volunteers will still have the opportunity to learn new things, share and discuss ideas, and connect with other volunteers. The training courses offered are designed to equip leaders with the tools for success!

There are four opportunities to attend each training course. You do not need to attend all of the courses offered each day. You can pick and choose the day and time that work best for you and register for each course individually.

  • September 8 – 11 (weekdays)
  • September 18 – 20
  • September 26 – 28
  • November 6 – 8 

Visit the Training Events page on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website for links to register! Please contact training@gscolorado.org for questions.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouts Support a Community Resource

Submitted by Jennifer Redmond

Metro Denver

Aurora

Troop 4235 chose Families First, a community resource branch of Shiloh House, to donate Girl Scout Cookies to. The cookies will go to kids who otherwise would not get a sweet treat like a Girl Scout Cookie. We also paired our cookie donation with a service project, collecting protein bars and hygiene products such as soaps and combs to further help the families in need.

These girls wanted to help a local women’s shelter. They also like helping other kids. They found a way to be leaders and do both at the same time. They made a difference in their community and learned more about a local resource while doing it.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Book Craft for “The Bad Seed”

 

This easy craft is perfect for younger Girl Scouts (or younger siblings) and is a great follow-up to “The Bad Seed” by Jory John.

Materials Needed:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White paper or colored construction paper
  • Markers

If the construction paper is not available, shapes can be drawn on white paper and colored.

You will need:

  • Two Seed bodies
  • Four Eyes
  • Two Black strips for eyebrows

Draw thick and thin stripes on seed shape.

Glue on eyes and draw mouth. The bad seed.

Repeat steps on second seed shape but give it a happy face. Glue on the band-aid. Now, you have the good seed!

Glue seeds on construction paper and draw hands and feet.

Which are you today? The bad seed? Or, the good seed?

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Honoring Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Danielle Wilson

Northern & Northeastern CO

Greeley

With COVID-19 taking place, Tearyn wasn’t able to deliver Girl Scout Cookies to her Hometown Hero until now. She was so excited to call and set up a time to deliver the 30 packages she managed to get! The local military recruiting center was happy to receive the cookies.

I’m a go getter because I set high goals and I never gave up!

I’m an innovator because I changed up my greeting to potential customers and changed my booth set up, even adding lights for my night booths!

I’m a risk-taker because I didn’t know how many sales I would make, if any, at any of my booths, but I always put myself out there to do my best!

I’m a leader because after I hit my personal goal 2,020 boxes, I gave the extra sale credits to my troop, so every girl could reach their goals!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Happy Birthday Our Chalet: Activities for Friday, July 31, 2020

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Committee

On Friday, July 31, Our Chalet celebrates its 88th Birthday! Girl Scouts of Colorado sends their best wishes to Our Chalet, one of the five World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  This is going to be an exciting and fun week with five days of celebration for this birthday! Do you like it when your birthday celebrations spread out over more than one day? If so, watch the GSCO Blog each day so you can celebrate with girls from all around the world.

Today, July 31 , Our Chalet celebrates its 88th birthday! How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Our Chalet is 88 years old this year! Could you put 88 candles on a cake? That would be dangerous. So, let’s do a chocolate or a cheese fondue instead. Your girls can do these with a little help from an adult. So, have fun and celebrate Our Chalet’s big birthday!

Hope you have enjoyed the week of visiting Our Chalet and Switzerland.

Now, here are eight more reasons why EVERYONE should visit Switzerland and the Swiss Alps!

  1. Skiing — top spots for skiing in the world. The World Cup has been held on the slopes just outside Adelboden.
  2. Scenery — Mountains, lakes, blue skies. 38 peaks more than 13,000 feet
  3. Culture —
    1. Alpenhorns, yodeling, cows and cowbells, cuckoo clocks
    2. Yodeling has evolved from a way to communicate between goat herders in the mountains to a form of music often associated with Switzerland. The alpenhorn was also used by shepherds and almost disappeared but is now a national symbol and entertainment for tourists
  4. Hiking — Lots of trails measured by the time it takes to hike from one place to another not measured in miles
  5. Quaint Alpine Villages
  6. Food — Cheese fondue, Chocolate
  7. Matterhorn — World’s most photographed mountain
  8. Top of Europe — To get to the top of the mountain, one takes a train to the highest railway station in Europe to view the two peaks — the Jungfrau and Monch

Travel

Now, maybe you have gotten the travel bug yourself! Did you know that you can travel with Girl Scouts? It’s a big world. Girl Scouts love to dream about where they can travel—from the field trips they might take as Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors to the global adventures available as Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. If you love exploring different places and cultures, you can experience all that our country has to offer, and you can plan even bigger adventures around the world, traveling with other Girl Scouts who share your dreams and love of adventure. Interest in the world has been an integral part of our movement since the very beginning. As Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA stated:

“Girl Guiding and Girl Scouts is the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.”

If you would like to know more about travel and adventures go to: forgirls.girlscouts.org /travel

This blog has been brought to you by the members of the Girl Scout of Colorado Global Action Team.  If you have any questions or comments please direct them to gscoloradoglobal@gmail.com.

RESOURCES FOR MORE GLOBAL GIRL SCOUTING INFORMATION

WAGGGS website

World Centres Websites

World Centres Facebook

GSCO website

GSCO Global Action Team Video

GSCO Global Girl Scouting Flyer

Destinations, Getaways, and International Events

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cadette Finding Common Ground badge: Step One of Five

The great thing about our country is we all can have different backgrounds, experiences and opinions, and still come together and work towards the common good. No matter the level of government – from your local school board to the Congress – people have to compromise – give up some things you want in order to support somethings someone else wants – in order to accomplish their goals. When you earn the Cadette Finding Common Ground badge, you will learn how governments do that – and how you can do it in your everyday life.

Step One: Get to Know Someone Different from You

The best way to learn to find common ground with others is to learn that we have more similarities than differences. By learning about perspectives that are different from ours, we will find that our priorities are often in line with each other, even if we have different ways of approaching them.

Do one or more of the following activities to learn about how others see the world.

Difference of Background

Have a conversation with someone from a different country, state, or town who lives in your community in right now. Ask them about their journey, and the reason for their move. Ask them what their life was like before the move, and what their life is like now.  What aspects are the same, and what is different? Share with them your favorite parts of your neighborhood, to help them feel at home.

OR

Difference of Belief

Learn about someone who has a different belief system than you do. Maybe, you have a friend from school who practices a different religion than you do, and you can attend an online service. Maybe, you can interview the youth leader of an interfaith alliance.  Maybe, there’s a member of your family who has the opposite political leanings than your household. Have a respectful discussion about your similarities and differences.

OR

Difference of Opinion

Everyone has differences of opinions. Find a friend whose favorite food is something you can’t stand, or who won’t watch your favorite TV show. Have a discussion about their likes and dislikes, and your likes and dislikes. Try their favorite food, and have them try yours while you have a watch party of each other’s favorite shows. Share at least two things you liked about the other’s favorites.

Up nesxt, learn how to make decisions in a group.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Senior Sky Badge: Step Five of Five

The sky is a masterpiece. Every day it graces us with living art, whether through a glorious sunset, shifting cloud formations, or the stunning display of night stars. No wonder we take every opportunity to spend time outdoors. Girl Scout Seniors can earn their Sky badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program.

Create a Moon Phase Wall Hanging

Check out this link to learn about the moon’s eight phases.

Supplies Needed:

  • String (enough for eight pieces, PLUS one longer one to hang)
  • Sick/Dowel Rod to tie the moon phases onto
  • Paper/Cardstock/Scrapbook Paper/Thin Cardboard from the recycle bin
  • Scissors
  • Glue/ Glue Stick
  • Markers/Crayons/Paint/Nail Polish to decorate your moons
  • OPTIONAL: Washi Tape or colorful yarn or embroidery floss to wrap around the stick for decoration. You may also want to add beads to the hanging strings.

Making the moon phase wall hanging:

  1. Draw and cut out the moons
    • Fold paper/ cardstock/ scrapbook paper/ thin cardboard in half.
    • Draw out eight circles onto your folded paper using a pencil and an empty tp-roll or any circle shape that is the size you want for your moons. Using the same template, draw over one of the two of the circles to make two crescent moons, then draw over two more to make the gibbous moons. 
    • Cut the moons out- to start, fold your paper in half if you didn’t do so before drawing the moon templates. You will have two of each moon phase that you will glue together (16** total). As you are cutting, keep those that you cut together ,so that when you glue them they fit together easily.
  2. PRE-CUT eight hanging string/ twine/ yarn for your wall hanging. Make sure you cut an extra two to allow for tying onto the stick and for ½”-3/4” to be glued in between the moons. They can be all one length, or you may choose to cut them varying lengths so that the moons will hang at graduating positions across the hanger stick. For this example, I cut my strings at graduating lengths and then played around with their positioning on the stick, so they’d all be a little bit different once the project was finished. 
  3. Place glue across the surface of your moons. On one side, add a little bigger glob of glue for the string. Put the string on the glue glob before pressing the two sides together to sandwich the string in between the two pieces. 
  4. Tie the strings onto the stick or wooden dowel rod.
  5. Once all the moon phases are tied on, add the “hanger string” onto the dowel tying it on either end of your stick. 
  6. Hang your beautiful finished project on a door, wall or in your garden.                                                              

**Optional: IF you prefer a smaller wall hanging you can choose a smaller stick and hang only some of the moon’s phases on it. For example, make one crescent and one gibbous moon to represent both the waxing and waning of these two phases and one quarter moon to represent both the first and last quarter moons. 

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

LIVE! Awesome Girls: Engineer Your World

Join Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) for a show and tell with Mary Barra, Chairman & CEO of General Motors, and Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts. LIVE! Awesome Girls: Engineer Your World is Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 12 – 1 p.m. (MDT). Register now: http://girlscoutsathome.girlscouts.org/girlscoutsathome/detail/231/1596650400000

This Awesome Girls online event will bring together two of America’s boldest leaders. Mary Barra is Chairman and CEO of General Motors, our country’s biggest car maker. Mary is changing the automotive industry, making cars safer and better for our environment. Sylvia Acevedo is CEO of Girl Scouts. As an actual rocket scientist, she’s leading the way for girls to take on some of the world’s biggest challenges. This event is recommended for girls in grades K-5, but open to anyone interested in the conversation!

Mary and Sylvia will share stories and show photos, tools, and videos that tell their stories about becoming both engineers and leaders. They’ll tell girls how they can follow in their footsteps with the new Automotive Engineering three-badge series for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. The event will wrap up with a live Q&A for girls to ask Mary and Sylvia questions. Girls will leave with next steps to dive into automotive engineering!

Leading this amazing conversation is Robin Roberts, Good Morning America Co-Anchor.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

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