Girl Scouts Campaign For More Girl Leaders
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To celebrate their 100th anniversary, the Girl Scouts wants to do more of what they say they do best - create tomorrow's leaders. (March 5)

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(VOICEOVER)(NAT POP - milly england laughs) THIS 111-YEAR-OLD WOMAN... (SUPER = Washington DC) ...AND THESE YOUNG LADIES SHARE A COMMON BOND... (NAT POP - girls talking)(SUPER = New Bedford, Massachusetts) ...ALL ARE GIRL SCOUTS. BETWEEN THEM IS THE CENTURY-LONG HISTORY OF THE GROUP THAT TEACHES THE THREE C'S OF COURAGE, CONFIDENCE AND CHARACTER. THIS YEAR THE GIRL SCOUTS CELEBRATES ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY. THEY'VE CHRISTENED 20-12 "YEAR OF THE GIRL," ENLISTED HELP FROM CONGRESS AND OTHERS AND LAUNCHED THE "TO GET HER THERE" CAMPAIGN. IT HAS A BILLION DOLLAR FUNDRAISING GOAL TO FOSTER GIRL LEADERS.(QUICK SOT - Girl Scouts CEO)"Please know that leadership is your birthright."(VOICEOVER) BUT IT HASN'T ALWAYS *SEEMED* THAT WAY. IN HER 50'S, THE FOUNDER, A WEALTHY WIDOW NAMED JULIETTE GORDON LOW, WANTED SOMETHING MORE FOR HER LIFE... IN A TIME WHEN MOST WOMEN COULDN'T VOTE OR EASILY DETERMINE THEIR OWN FUTURE. SHE CALLED A HANDFUL OF GIRLS INTO HER SAVANNAH HOME ON MARCH 12TH 1912 AND CONVENED THE FIRST GIRL *GUIDES* MEETING, SOON RENAMED THE GIRL *SCOUTS.* TWO YEARS LATER, MILLY ENGLAND WAS AMONG THE GROWING RANKS AND REMEMBERS LOW.(SOT - England)"The first girl scouts came to New Bedford."(VOICEOVER) LOW TAUGHT GIRLS TO BE SELF-RELIANT AND RESOURCEFULL... SHE SHOWED THEM HOW BEST TO CLEAN HOUSE, BUT ALSO GOT THEM OUT OF IT.(SOT - England)(SUPER = Milly England, Girl Scout since 1914)"The first time we went camping, we went by street car."(VOICEOVER) CAMPING SOON BECAME AND STILL IS ONE OF THE *OTHER* THREE C'S OF SCOUTING - ALONG WITH CRAFTS AND COOKIES.(SOT - girl scout)(SUPER = Haley Slaughter, Girl Scout for six years)"I like the cookie sales, and I like asking people if they want to buy Girl Scout cookies."(SOT - Girl Scouts CEO)(SUPER = Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts USA)"It is the largest entreprenurial program for girls in the country. They raise 760 million dollars every year."(VOICEOVER) OVER THE YEARS, THE SCOUTS WOVE THEMSELVES INTO AMERICA'S FABRIC WEARING ICONIC UNIFORMS AND EARNING ALL THOSE BADGES, THAT GREW FROM TRADITIONAL COOKING AND SEWING TO FORENSIC SCIENCE AND WEB DESIGN. FROM ITS EARLIERST DAYS, THE GIRL SCOUTS PUSHED BOUNDARIES AND WELCOMED GIRLS OF DIFFERENT RACES AND RELIGIONS, AND NOW DIFFERENT SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS. THE GROUP BOASTS 2.3 MILLION YOUNG SCOUTS NATIONWIDE AND EXISTS IN 92 COUNTRIES. THEY SAY SOME 50 MILLION AMERICAN WOMEN HAVE ENJOYED SCOUTING.(SOT - girl scout)(SUPER = Jordan Thomas, Girl Scout for ten years)"Girl scouting is like math. It's the same in every language." (VOICEOVER) THE SKILLS THEY LEARNED HELPED MANY TO BE LEADERS...(SOT - Sen. Mikulski)(SUPER = Barbara Milkulski, U.S. Senator - Maryland)"I worked on my govt badge, my grassroots organizing badge, and I flew up to the United States Senate."(VOICEOVER) BUT PERHAPS NOT ENOUGH...(GRAPHIC) THE GIRLS SCOUTS COMMISSIONED A STUDY AND FOUND THAT NEARLY 60-PERCENT OF GIRLS AGED 8-TO-17 BELIEVE WOMEN CAN EXCEL IN AN ORGANIZATION, BUT RARELY TO TOP LEADERSHIP. (SOT - Girl Scouts CEO)"If you look across the top ten job sectors in the United States, only 18 percent of those leadership positions are held by women."(VOICEOVER) THE "TO GET HER THERE" FUNDRAISING WILL GO TO PROGRAMS THAT PROPEL MORE GIRLS TO SENIOR POSITIONS IN FINANCE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND OTHER FIELDS. THE EFFORT COMES AS NO SURPRISE TO ENGLAND.(SOT - Milly England)"I know we started something good."(VOICEOVER) GENERATIONS OF GIRL SCOUTS LATER WOULD AGREE... (NAT POP - girl scout pledge, dc girl scouts @133603)"On my honor, I will try...."SANDY KOZEL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. (****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: Sandy Kozel -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: Cindy Sharp ---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: AP, AP Photos, Milly England handout photos, Pool-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: Dave Bruns----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: None----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): None--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:BC-US--Girl Scouts-100 Years, ADV04-2nd Ld-Wr