In a move designed to focus national attention on girls and the issues they face, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has declared 2012 the Year of the Girl: a celebration of girls, recognition of their leadership potential, and a commitment to creating a coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals in support of balanced leadership in the workplace and in communities across the country.
"The Year of the Girl is only a beginning," said GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chavez. "We can't transform American leadership in a year, but we can transform expectations in a year. We can transform awareness in a year. We can set in motion a generational change, and make certain that a baby girl born in 2012 will experience her life in a new and vastly different world. If not us, who? If not now, when? When girls succeed, so does society. We know that together, we can get her there."
This declaration serves as the foundation for Girl Scouts' broader, multiyear, multipronged effort to break down societal barriers that hinder girls from leading and achieving success in everything from technology adn science to business and industry.
"Girl Scouts is at the forefront of building girl leaders," GSUSA National President Connie L. Lindsey said. "We embrace the opportunity we have to develop the next generation and future generations of leaders that understand the interconnectedness of the global community. Our girls will understand they matter. And when they dream their future, they see a world of shared leadership: where the values of courage, confidence, and character really do make the world a better place."
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