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My Silver Award Project: The History of Women’s Rights

Submitted by Gracelyn R.

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

While working on the Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment patch, I realized that not enough girls know about their history. This inspired me to create a website educating girls, so that they may become informed and aware. The website link is: www.thehistoryofwomenssuffrage.com. The website has educational videos and fun activities to do.

The main purpose for my project is to educate girls about their history, for I believe that educated girls make for great leaders. If we all try to change the world, a little at a time, we can make a difference.

If we look to the past, we can find inspiration about how to shape the future. The first step is to learn about the history that made the present possible. This is the ultimate purpose of my Silver Award project. It is my belief that if girls know where they came from, they can better plan where they’re going. They can lead the way forward and innovate in hopes of a better world. Changing the world isn’t easy. It takes hard work and risk-taking, as well as a whole lot of courage. But if we all promise to change the world, a little at a time, we really can make a difference.

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.

Silver Award Girl Scout: The History of Women’s Suffrage

Submitted by Gracelyn

Mountain Communities


My Silver Award project started when I began the Nineteenth Amendment Girl Scout Ranger Patch. In it was a section encouraging me to teach other girls about the women’s suffrage movement. Because I love history, I was inspired to create a website to teach younger girls about women’s history.

My goal with my Silver Award project was to educate younger girls about their history as women, so as to build a future generation of G.I.R.L.s. In the time of COVID-19, however, it was going to be hard to reach girls. This was where the website came from. With the upcoming election, it’s more important than ever for girls to be informed, and I really hope that those girls who learn about their history and their rights will be inspired to take action in the world around them. The girls of today will be the G.I.R.L.s of tomorrow.

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.

Step Out With Suffragists Walk

Submitted by PattiJo “PJ” Miller

Northern & Northeastern CO


We are Cadette and Junior Juliettes in Service Unit 717 based in Milliken/Johnstown. We were so happy to be able to participate in the Step Out With Suffragists Walk on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

We learned so much about how women had to fight for their right to vote. After watching the informative videos, we delved a bit deeper and learned that the suffragists also had symbols they used in their pamphlets and other propaganda, like cats and yellow roses. They also had dedicated colors they used on their flag: purple, white, and gold. We also learned the process of how to register and vote. It was also interesting to learn about how although Colorado was the first state that allowed women the right to vote, we were the 22nd out of the 36 needed to ratify the 19th amendment.

After making signs and sashes, we headed to Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park in Loveland to celebrate 100 years of voting rights for women by walking 1.5 miles, the same distance the Suffragists marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. on March 3, 1913.

A very special thanks to Juniper Trail Service Unit 602 and Aimee Rogers for putting this event together and sending very informative information. This was a fantastic and fun event that my girls enjoyed!

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.

A Closer Look at Women’s Voting Rights Around the World

Submitted by Marty Allison, Chair of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Team

As we recognize the centennial of the 19th amendment and the women’s suffrage movement, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Global Action Team takes a closer look at women’s voting rights around the world .

Can you believe that in 1689 women landowners in the State of Friesland, what we call the Netherlands today, were first able to vote! Throughout history, women have had many restrictions to their right to vote. Age and marital status were just two of them. Younger men could vote before women could. Women could vote, but not run for elections. Single women or widows could only vote in local elections. A woman’s level of education might determine her eligibility to cast a vote. Or, how about how only mothers with legitimate children could vote in local elections? In South West Africa, only white women could vote and not the native African women. In 1945 in the Dutch East Indies, Indonesia today, only European women could vote. In Liberia, Africa, in 1946 indigenous men and women did not get to vote until 1951 while American women could vote much earlier than that.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in 1952, they enacted the Convention of the Political Rights of Women. But, still it was 1962 before Australia allowed Aboriginal men and women to vote when South Australian women of European descent were able to vote way back in 1894!
In Kuwait, women were able to vote in 1985, but it was revoked in 1999 only to regain the vote in 2005. In Afghanistan, the Taliban revoked women’s right to vote in 1996 and after their fall in 2001, women regained the right to vote. Saudi Arabian women gained the right to vote in local elections in 2015 and be appointed to local positions.

While we celebrate 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States, we also take a closer look at the history of women of color’s voting rights. Did you know . . .

  • Full exercise of Black voting rights was intended with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • 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.

Today, we are proud that women in all of the 150 countries of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) (https://www.wagggs.org/en/our-world/) have the right to vote!


Interested in joining the Global Action Team? Email GSCO staff liaison, Aimee Artzer, at aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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Suffrage Centennial with the Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY to offer girls a special virtual opportunity to learn about the Suffrage Centennial on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 3 – 4 p.m.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/suffrage_centennial_with_the_women_s_rights_national_historical_park_virtual_08_05_2020 Registration closes Tuesday, August 4.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20, 1848. It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, and equality, global struggles that continue today. The efforts of women’s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th century reformers remind us that all people must be accepted as equals.

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.

The session will be recorded and posted online for girls to listen to anytime.

We will use Zoom to host this opportunity. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Capacity is limited; each individual participant should be registered so we can track capacity. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

PLEASE NOTE – This program is one of several opportunities for Colorado Girl Scouts to celebrate the Suffrage Centennial. More opportunities are listed below and a full blog post on how to celebrate will be posted to the blog in early August 2020.

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

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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.

Three Steps to Unlocking Your Limited-Edition Ranger Patch

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts is continuing our exciting partnership with the National Park Service and the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

This year, Girl Scouts will be awarded a limited-edition commemorative patch for participating in activities focusing on the significance of the 19th Amendment. This special program will offer pathways for Girl Scouts to learn about women’s history and the suffrage movement through discovering, connecting, and taking action to make the world a better place.

So, how exactly do you earn your special patch and learn more about women’s rights?

  1. Choose a National Park Service Site or Explore Online. Visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm. Choose a national park or any of 419 sites protected by the National Park Service. Research and consider exploring areas of national parks connected to women’s history and the suffrage movement in your area. Not able to visit a park in your area? No problem! Take a look at the park or historic site’s webpage and virtual tours. These are often full of photos, videos, history, and other educational resources. Many also have Facebook and Instagram accounts. Another great source of information is the NPS women’s history webpages.
  2. Answer Questions, Conduct Research, and Get Outdoors.* Once you’ve selected your site, complete one or more of the following :
    1. With help from an adult, research the site’s webpage. 
    2. Visit the site and take a tour or attend a ranger-led program, if that’s available. Please first make sure the site you choose to visit is open to the public! 
    3. Look for books or trusted websites that explain the history commemorated at the site.Then choose fun activities listed in the 19th Amendment Centennial Program Activity Guide to earn your patch! Best part? All the activities have a women’s rights historical tie-in! 
  3. Unlock Your Limited-Edition Patch. Your special 19th Amendment Centennial Patch will be available for pick up as soon as National Park Service offices officially open for business. To receive your patch, present the completed activity log at the park where you completed your activity.

Are you ready to explore women’s history through the national park lens? We certainly are! Share your best shots on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and here on GSCO Blog. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #gsoutdoors.

*GSUSA encourages all Girl Scouts to respect social distancing rules. Follow your state’s guidelines about stay-at-home measures and enjoying public nature spaces.

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.