Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Happy Birthday, Juliette!

Where would we be…Who would we be without you?

Juliette Gordon Low is the founder of Girl Scouts in the United States. She was born on October 31, 1860 in Savannah, Georgia. She was an outgoing individual who's compassionate spirit led her to create the first Girl Scout troop, and go on to give young women all over the world a great start at life.

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Fun Facts about our J. Low:

1. Juliette Low was born Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon.
2. She was the second of six children.
3. Her mother’s family helped to settle the west and her Grandmother wrote Waubun about the experience.
4. Her grandmother was also kidnapped by the native Americans while in the west and held for ransom.
5. Juliette was captain of a rowing team and loved to swim and canoe.
6. Juliette was able to stand on her head and did so at every opportunity. She even did it in the board room of National Headquarters to show off the new Girl Scout shoes.
7. Juliette attended a boarding school in Staunton, VA and a French finishing school in New York City.
8. She married William Mackay Low and moved to England, but she continued to travel between England and America.
9. During the Spanish-American War, she came back and helped her mother organize a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers returning from Cuba.
10. In 1911 she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell and became interested in the Boy Scout and Girl Guide movement.
11. She had her first Girl Guide troop in Scotland.
12. Her niece was the first registered Girl Scout member when the movement started in Savannah in 1912.
13. She died from breast cancer at the age of 67 in 1927 and her friends established the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund to honor her.
14. She has had several things named for her posthumously: After World War II - “Liberty Ship” 1948 - stamp 1954 - school (one in Georgia, one in California) 1983 - federal building (second federal building named for a woman)