Friday, June 16, 2017

What kind of legacy would you like to leave behind for future generations?

Would you like our generation to be known for breaking down obstacles and barriers? These were some of the many questions posed to a group of Girl Scouts by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

Girl Scouts from all over the state of New York gathered at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York. Girl Scouts is commemorating this milestone with the release of a new badge, which will allow girls to learn more about the Women's Suffrage Movement.

Girl Scout Vests filled with patches packed the museum, and there was much excited chatter as we awaited the beginning of the event. Finally, the lights dimmed, and a video clip about the achievements women have made, and the obstacles we are still overcoming, played. The video was extremely inspiring, and encouraged all of the young girls in attendance to stand up for their beliefs. After a few quick introductions by Girl Scouts, the Lieutenant Governor began her speech.  Lieutenant Governor Hochul was a wonderful speaker. She radiated passion while she spoke, and her firm beliefs about the topic of suffrage were clear. Her speech reminded me of the many accomplishments girls have made, like being granted entry into the Olympics, and also reminded me that our generation is responsible for the next set of advancements that must be made. We also heard from Girl Scout Representatives who represented the seven New York Councils present. The program concluded with another video clip, this one about empowerment.

Girl Scouts of Nassau County ended the day with a tour of the museum. We were treated to a presentation about Native American women, specifically women in the Iroquois Tribe. We were even able to view authentic artifacts! We created Corn Husk Dolls, and heard the story behind the doll. 

The event was an amazing experience. I left feeling empowered, and inspired to make a difference. I also enjoyed meeting Girl Scouts from other Councils, and learning about some of their traditions. I hope your Troop will earn their Women’s Suffrage Patch!

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