Dear Girl Scouts,
Today is a big day. It's the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York State. It was a hard-fought victory that took decades for women, girls, and men to make a reality. Even though it has been a century, we shouldn't take our right to vote for granted today. Voting is one of our most important civic duties.
Why is our right to vote important? Because women and girl's issues are still not addressed early and often enough. We still lag behind men when it comes to pay and promotion. We need to vote officials into office who will change that, and I believe your generation will be the one to see that change happen!
Every day I am impressed and inspired by your courageous voices, speaking up for the things you believe in. Your strong dedication is the core to who we are as Girl Scouts and I encourage you to do more of it.
What do you think will change for
girls and women in the next 100 years?
Join us on social media for our #NYWomenLead campaign. You may download the "In the next 100 years..." Suffrage Campaign sign here. Post to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #NYWomenLead and be sure to tag us @GirlScoutsNYC.
Tuesday is another important day: it's Election Day. I encourage each and every one of you to go to the polls (that's the place where you vote). You're never too young to be at the polls (as long as you are with an adult who is old enough to vote!). Witness history in the making, talk about what you see, and be vocal about what you want. That's what civic engagement is all about-it is your right!
You can learn more about how women gained the right to vote in New York here!
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Greater New York