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Listen Now – Meet an Expert: Authors of “When Women Vote”

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Stephanie Donner and Amber McReynolds, the authors of “When Women Vote,” for participating in our “Meet an Expert” webinar series on October 28, 2020. Girl Scouts of all ages from across Colorado participated and learned about the book writing process, importance of women’s voting rights, and so much more! You can now watch and listen to this webinar here: https://youtu.be/ietV3_lRLkk

After introductions, Amber and Stephanie answered questions that girls submitted through registration and live in the chat box. We learned about their Girl Scout experience, inspiration for writing the book, and what is next for both of them.

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

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.

Election 2020: Pizza, Cupcakes, and Badges

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Election season has been a learning opportunity for Girl Scouts in Steamboat Springs! Senior Troop 54538 has been using election season to discover more about the process. From a visit to the County Clerk’s Elections Office to researching how other countries vote, to creating our own campaigns, these innovative Girl Scouts have been finding out more about voting. Along with that, while learning more about various offices and running effective meetings, we recently created a pizza using parliamentary procedure ~ the Parli Pro Pizza!

The Behind the Ballot badge is a perfect way to educate future voters AND have fun too!  We ended our campaign season with an election-themed cupcake challenge. Tayla’s and Aylen’s creations represented the bipartisan system. Jacey’s cupcakes represented the Green party and the multi-layered nature of a political campaign. Catherine’s creation reminded us to think outside the box and do your homework when voting. Elizabeth got right to the point with the vote-themed cupcake!

These go-getters are finding out more about our election system, how the mail-in ballots work, and how accountable our counties are when it comes to voting. There are lots of checks and balances and safety nets to be sure all of our votes are counted! They realized that sometimes it takes being a risk-taker to get your voice heard.

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.

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day and the Women’s Suffrage Centennial

Women’s Equality Day is August 26 each year and commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted the right to vote to women. This year, we commemorate 100 years of women’s voting rights in the United States and we invite you to help us!

The deadline to submit your photos and videos is Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Option One – Join our video celebration

Ask your parent or caregiver to help make a video of you answering one or more of the questions below. Your video submission will be included in a special video to premiere during GSCO’s Civics Month in October 2020.

  1. What makes you wish you could vote? (If you are not 18 yet and wish you could vote!)
  2. What would you do first if you were an elected official?
  3. What is something you believe in enough to advocate or march for?

Please wear your Girl Scout vest or sash in your video, if you have one. Videos should be made horizontally ONLY and uploaded at: https://www.dropbox.com/request/u5ZkyaABV8J3ysQwXMkg.

By uploading a video, you are providing consent for Girl Scouts of Colorado to share your video publically.

Option Two – Make a sign showing your passion for women and girl’s equality

People fighting for women’s right to vote 100 years ago made signs that said things like, “Equality for women!” and “Votes for Women!” Consider decorating your sign with the colors of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States: purple, white, and gold.

Ask your parent or caregiver to snap a photo of you in your Girl Scout vest or sash holding your sign and email it to girlsexperience@gscolorado.org. Please include the Girl Scout’s first name only, city, and troop number in the email. By emailing your photo to us, you are providing consent for Girl Scouts of Colorado to share the photo publically.

Option Three – Color a suffrage cat

“Did you know that the cat was a symbol of the women’s suffrage movement? In April of 1916, suffragists Nell Richardson and Alice Burke started a cross-country road trip. Setting out from New York, these two women stopped in cities and towns across America to talk about the importance of women’s suffrage. Along the way, the women adopted a cat that became their unofficial mascot. The cat became a symbol of suffrage!”- National Parks Service, https://www.nps.gov/articles/suffrage-cat.htm

Color and decorate your own suffrage cat and send us a photo of your completed artwork! Ask your parent or caregiver to email your completed cat to girlsexperience@gscolorado.org. Please include the Girl Scout’s first name only, city, and troop number in the email. By emailing your photo to us, you are providing consent for Girl Scouts of Colorado to share the photo publically.

Please note: While we celebrate 100 years of women’s voting rights in the United States, we also need to 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.

Interested in learning more about the Women’s Suffrage Centennial? Check out the following:

Resource: 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative – https://www.2020centennial.org/faq#q6

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.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Fiona Goe, Denver, “The Informed Voters Project”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My Gold Award addressed the lack of informed voters in my high school and community. I created a survey that helped the survey taker understand if they are most closely aligned with the Republican, Democrat, or Independent political party. Through my research, I found that uninformed voters consistently vote off of single-issues like abortion or gun rights/control, yet they may not be voting for the candidate or party that will represent the majority of their beliefs. Being an informed voter takes a lot of research, and knowing which political party you align with is a good place to start.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

Each person who takes the survey learns with which major political party they most closely identify. Many of my peers that took the survey had a preconceived idea of the political party that best represented their views, yet the survey results told a different story. One version of my survey focused on candidates for the Denver mayoral election. My grandpa had one candidate in mind. However, after he took my survey, he was surprised to find that his chosen candidate did not represent the majority of his views. The same thing happened when I presented my survey to the League of Women Voters.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My project is sustainable through the Civics department at my high school. Civics is a required class, which means every student at East High School beginning with school year 2020 – 21 will take my survey as an upperclassmen.  Each junior and senior class consists of 500-600 students.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

I created a website to house the survey along with a process of understanding the political party with which you most closely align and information about how to move forward with becoming an informed voter. It can be accessed no matter where you are in the world. I also emailed and asked NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures) and FairVote, two national organizations, to ask if they would be interested in promoting my survey/website. Unfortunately, they were unable to make that happen.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am able to assemble a team, and tackle a project that I truly care about. I also learned the importance of perseverance. There were times when I felt like my project was at a dead end. I am so glad that I didn’t give up.  It is an unbelievable accomplishment to finish your Gold Award; I am so proud! I have gained the confidence to ask people for help. I have always wanted to prove to people that I can do anything on my own. Yet, the reality with a big project like this, is that you can’t do it on your own, and your team is there to help you every step of the way.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Earning my Gold Award will give me a leg up against other candidates when I am applying for  college scholarships. My Gold Award is an accumulation of everything that I have learned and done as a Girl Scout over the last 12 years. I now am part of a prestigious club of Gold Award Girl Scouts, which I will be able to put on my resumé.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I have been thinking about earning my Gold Award since I was 11-years-old. My troop emphasized the importance of earning higher awards, and so while I didn’t know if it was possible, I always wanted to earn my Gold Award and have a legacy of my years as a Girl Scout. Completing my Gold Award put all the skills that Girl Scouts has taught me into action. Every girl has learned how to dream big, be a leader, and persevere through their time in Girl Scouts, and earning a Gold Award uses that knowledge.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Earning my Gold Award helped me become a go-getter because I saw a surplus of uninformed voters among my peers and I successfully found a solution. I was also an innovator because with the help of my team, I created an original survey for the public to use.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

My World, My Voice, My 2012 Election

With the November 2012 elections fast approaching, now is a great time to engage your troop or group in learning more about government and citizenship. Girl Scouts of Colorado has put together an activity guide to get Girl Scouts more involved in the elections while also giving them the skill needed to encourage other members of their community to become involved as well.

In this guide, you will see a list of suggested activities to help nurture your Girl Scouts into informed and responsible citizens by preparing them for the day they get their chance at the voting booth. Activities are broken down into three sections, Discover, Connect and Take Action. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your girls engaged in a discussion about leadership and government.

2012 Election Activity Guide

For questions, suggestions or guidance please e-mail myworld@gscolorado.org. (Important Note: Please keep in mind that Girl Scouts can’t advocate for one political party/candidate or another, or participate in a political rally as Girl Scouts, such as wearing their Girl Scout uniforms to a political rally. If you have further questions, please email rachelle.trujillo@gscolorado.org.)