Where would the world be without women?

It’s safe to say it would be a different place. Women have improved society and made their mark through their advancements, industriousness and inventiveness throughout time.

Would we be able to enjoy today’s technology without programming the first computers? Would 3,000 police officers have been saved from bullet wounds through the use of equipment reinforced with Kevlar? Would modern beauty and lifestyle brands be as successful if not for the the cutting-edge marketing of early entrepreneurs?

One thing is certain. Without women, there wouldn’t be Girl Scouts.

More than 100 years ago, a woman named Juliette Gordon Low saw fit that all girls should have a safe space to be themselves – a place where they could discover their strengths, passions and talents. And that place was (and still is!) Girl Scouts.

Some Girl Scout alumnae who’ve gone on to achieve great success are former

Secretaries of State Madeline Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who became the first female presidential nominee of a major party. There’s also former US Attorney General Janet Reno, astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, as well as Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

These women changed the world through their actions, which is why on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, also known as International Women’s Day, we invite you take the lead like a Girl Scout and #BeBoldForChange.

While there are certainly many accomplishments to celebrate, there is still work to be done. According to staggering statistics from The State of the Girls report, more girls are living in poverty and low-income households today than 10 years ago.

This is significant because we know that these girls with a low-socioeconomic status face considerable challenges that affect their health, happiness and achievement.

But together, we can improve conditions for girls across the globe. Because when girls succeed, we all succeed.

Let us know how you plan to #BeBoldForChange by sharing your stories on social media.

With purposeful action, we can create a better world — a more equal world for women and girls.

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