Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, to establish the American Girl Guides. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. By the following year, the name of the organization had changed to Girl Scouts. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid. Read more about the history of the Girl Scout Movement.
Visit the Girl Scouts of the United States of America’s Juliette Gordon Low page. Juliette Gordon Low died at her Savannah, Ga., home on Lafayette Square January 17, 1927. However, her legacy continues, and she has been accorded many honors since her passing.
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.
During World War II, she had a “Liberty Ship” named in her honor.
October 28, 1979, Juliette Low was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.
December 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill naming a new federal building in Savannah in honor of Juliette Low. It was the second federal building in history to be named after a woman.
October 14, 2005, Juliette Low’s life work was immortalized in a commemorative, bronze-and-granite medallion as part The Extra Mile Points of Light Volunteer Pathway in Washington, D.C.
May 29, 2012, Juliette Gordon Low received (posthumously) the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
You can check out a Juliette Gordon Low Historic Photo Display Kit from our libraries. Contact an office for more information.
The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, Georgia is a wonderful place to visit. They have a Student and Girl Scout Project page with downloadable resources.