Girls Say: I Want To Be in the Boy Scouts, Too!
NOW-NYC is inspired by the courageous words of young activist Sydney Ireland–sign the petition NOW!
I cannot change my gender to fit the Boy Scouts’ standards, but the Boy Scouts can change their standards to include me.
I am determined to be an Eagle Scout. It isn’t just a hobby — it’s access to some of the best leadership training there is. According to the BSA, over half of all astronauts were involved in Scouting, 16.3% of West Point cadets are Eagle Scouts,191 members of the current Congress, and 18 current U.S. governors participated in Scouting, and many of them were Eagle Scouts. The facts say it all — high-level Scouting creates opportunity, and with opportunity comes a chance at success in the global community.
Unfortunately for me and half the country’s population, we are excluded from most of these amazing opportunities for no reason other than that we are female. That’s why I’m calling on the BSA to end the discriminatory ban against young women and girls, and allow all children to participate in Scouting and earn the Eagle Rank.
In most countries, Scouting is co-ed. They understand that separating children by gender is an artifact from a bygone era. The BSA has opened a few programs to girls and young women, but they exclude us from leading troop activities, and we are not eligible to earn the rank of Eagle Scout — the most advanced, and most challenging, leadership program they have.
Boy Scouting teaches young people to be strong leaders. I, and many young women like me, want this chance at the best leadership training for our youth.
Women can now hold all combat roles, and have already earned Bronze and Silver Stars, and Purple Hearts in war. Women have leadership roles in government, business, academia and entertainment. Imagine what else would be possible for women with Eagle Scout training.
Just as the Boy Scouts of American recently ended its high profile anti-gay policies, allowing in all boys and LGBT adults full inclusion in the Scouts, the organization should now allow all children to participate, including young women and girls.
I know I could rise through the ranks and become an Eagle Scout alongside the best of the boys — all I need is the opportunity. Please join us in calling on the BSA to allow all children to earn the Eagle Rank.
Sign the petition NOW and share on social media! #ScoutingLetMeIn