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Juliette Gordon Low: Mystery & History

Mystery

In the early years of Girl Scouting Juliette Gordon Low, or Daisy as she was affectionately known, dedicated almost all of her personal assets to pay for the expenses of the movement. Her vision and passion for helping girls became self-sufficent, strong leaders was the moving force in her life; no sacrifice was too great for her girls.

Daisy owned a magnificent strand of pearls - one of her most cherished possessions. She loved her pearls; they were beautiful and quite valuable, and Daisy reserved them for special occasions.

By 1915, if the organization was to continue to grow, funds were desperately needed. To support the movement for another year, Daisy sold her exquisite pearls, once again putting the needs of the girls over her personal desires.

Where are the pearls today? If you know, e-mail us at marcomm@girlscoutshcc.org.

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History

1. Juliette Gordon Low is the founder of Girl Scouts.

2. She was born on Oct. 31, 1860 in Savannah Georgia.

3. Her birth name is Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon.

4. Her friends and family called her Daisy.

5. Her home in Savannah Georgia was purchased by the GSUSA in 1953 and is now known as Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center.

6. She married her husband, William Mackay Low when she was 26 on her parents 29th wedding anniversary, Dec. 21, 1886.

7. Before her marriage, Juliette suffered from chronic ear infections. She had lost most of her hearing in one ear because of improper treatment. At her wedding she lost hearing in her other ear after a grain of good-luck rice thrown at the event lodged in her ear, puncturing the eardrum and resulting in an infection and total loss of hearing in that ear.

8. During the Spanish-American War, Juliette came back to America to aid in the war effort. She helped her mother organize a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers returning from Cuba.

9. In 1911 she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, and became interested in the new youth movement.

10. March 12, 1912, Juliette Low gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. Margaret "Daisy Doots" Gordon, her niece and namesake, was the first registered member. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.

11. In developing the Girl Scout movement in the United States, Juliette brought girls of all backgrounds into the out-of-doors, giving them the opportunity to develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.

12. By maintaining contact with overseas Girl Guides and Girl Scouts during World War I, she helped lay the foundation for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

13. Juliette Gordon Low died at her Savannah, Georgia, home on Lafayette Square January 17, 1927. She is buried at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah.

14. After her death from breast cancer in 1927, her friends honored her by establishing the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, which finances international projects for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world.

15. On July 3, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill authorizing a stamp in honor of Juliette Gordon Low. The stamp was one of the few dedicated to women.

16. During World War II, she had a "Liberty Ship" named in her honor.

17. On October 28, 1979, Juliette Low was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

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