The Girl Scouts Advocacy Network
provides a tool for you to become a voice for girls and to make a
difference in your community and across the nation. Together, we can
educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly
affect girls and the Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you will have an
impact on girl policy issues moving through Congress and the state
Girl Scouts and Advocacy
Girl Scouts of the USA first established a Public Policy and Advocacy
office in 1952. Since that time, the organization has worked to build
strong relationships with Members of Congress, as well as with officials
at the White House and federal departments and agencies. Through our
advocacy efforts, we inform and educate key representatives of the
government's legislative and executive branches about issues important
to girls and Girl Scouting and lobby for increased program resources.
authorize grants to promote media literacy and youth empowerment
programs, to authorize research on the role and impact of depictions of
girls and women in the media, to provide for the establishment of a
National Task Force on Girls and Women in the Media, and for other
Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Carl Albert Center seeks to address
the historic under-representation of women in politics, public service,
and other leadership roles. Our mission is to educate, inspire and
empower women to become political leaders. We accomplish this mission
through a series of educational initiatives designed specifically for
women in Oklahoma.
Girl Scout blog reports that last month,
actress Ashley Judd was battling a sinus infection and "looked a little
puffy in the face," prompting buzz about plastic surgery. She was not
happy about the attention.
actress explains in a Daily Beast essay
that she doesn't usually read anything about herself. But she was encouraged
by colleagues and friends to know what was being said last month. What she
found was a conversation that "was pointedly nasty, gendered, and
misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a
greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and
subtle." She also found that it was "initially promulgated largely
by women; a sad and disturbing fact."
generations, media has had the power to inspire, educate, and entertain us.
In recent years, this power has been bolstered by a wave of new technology
that has enabled media to be immediate, interactive, and drastically more
personal. For today’s youth, this means access to more media in more ways —
research has found that kids consume upward of 10 hours of recreational media
a day. And that increased media consumption has consequences. The
Girl Scout Research Institute has found that 9 out of 10 girls say
the fashion industry (89%) and/or the media (88%) place a lot of pressure on
teenage girls to be thin. Sixty percent say they compare their bodies to
fashion models. And 32% of girls admit to starving themselves or refusing to
eat as a strategy to lost weight.
week, the Healthy MEdia: Commission on Positive Images of Women
and Girls co-chairs Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actor and
founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Deborah Taylor
Tate, former FCC Commissioner, will release the commission’s first report.
“The Elements of Healthy Media” will define what comprises positive and
healthy media — from onscreen images, to increased and diverse roles for
women, to healthy and meaningful relationships. These definitions will lay
the groundwork for the commission’s final recommendations, scheduled for
release this fall.
Oklahoma Girl Scouts Advocacy Network. Help advocate in your
community for girls. If you are interested in being part of our advocacy
effort, email Jaimie Siegal or call 405-528-GIRL
Girl Scouts Advocacy Network
When you join the Girl Scout Advocacy Network, you will
ensure your voice is heard in Congress, the state legislatures and your
As part of our statewide advocacy efforts, we are
searching for women who have served or are serving in public office --
from school boards to the legislature. We would like to invite these
women to be in our new honorary Troop 1912. If you are a former or
current elected woman in Oklahoma and would like to join Troop 1912,
please email Jaimie Siegal or call 405-528-4475.