Juliette Gordon Low to receive Presidential Medal of Honor

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Yesterday, GSUSA released a special greeting from CEO Anna Maria Chavez about this incredible honor, which will be bestowed upon our founder Juliette Gordon Low later this spring. This comes at an important time in the history of our organization as the Year of the Girl continues, and we progress in our efforts to engage all of society in the effort to help all girls reach their full leadership potential.

A Message from Anna Maria Chávez

Dear Girl Scout Member,

Since becoming chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, I have made it a priority to engage the White House on key Girl Scout initiatives and to advocate on behalf of our Movement. In particular, we have sought to gain national recognition for our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, and National President Connie L. Lindsey submitted a nomination for her to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. I am proud to report that President Barack Obama announced today that he will posthumously bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Juliette Gordon Low.

This marks a special moment in our history, for it was Daisy Low and her remarkable vision of "something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world" that set in motion a movement—the Girl Scout Movement. How fitting that this singular honor should come in 2012, almost exactly 100 years after she gathered those first 18 Girl Scouts. Today, there are 59 million of us who have worn the Girl Scout uniform or been part of Girl Scouting in some way. All of us owe Daisy Low a debt of gratitude, and we should rejoice at the news that her indelible contributions to the lives of girls will be recognized by a grateful nation when the President formally presents the award in late spring.

Juliette Gordon Low, as all of us in Girl Scouting know, was a great and visionary woman, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom is a testament to her enduring legacy and the place Girl Scouting holds in the fabric of the American experience.