Girl Scouts Celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday

Juliette (middle) brought Girl Scouting to life in 1912.

Halloween was a special day for Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, because she was born October 31, 1860 in Savannah, Georgia. A wonderfully eccentric woman with vision, she believed in service to community, self-reliance for girls, and the importance of having fun.

Low faced many challenges throughout her life, including deafness, and ultimately lost her life to breast cancer in 1927. However, her courage and tenacity sparked a legacy that will continue for generations to come. She had a lifelong love of animals, a flare for the dramatic, and a great sense of humor. On her birthday each year, she was famous for standing on her head to show her family just how young she still was.

At the age of 51, she founded Girl Scouts with 18 girls. By the time she died in 1927 there were already some 168,000 Girl Scout members. Low believed in teaching girls to be responsible and take their place in the world

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See more of Juliette Gordon Low’s life on this interactive timeline through the GSUSA website.

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