Since our founding more than 100 years ago, Girl Scouts has been, and
will continue to be, an organization rooted in activism and
advocacy—in making the world a better place. As we reflect on this
core value, we are reminded that our world is made up of many
different people with unique cultures, values, and traditions.
It’s with this “one world” and not a “divided world” mentality that
we work to build a truly anti-racist organization so that everyone,
regardless of differences, feels that they belong and have a voice.
But it’s not enough to say it. We need to educate, support, and
provide ways for our Girl Scouts to become lifelong advocates and
allies for change.
Read our CEO's statement on anti-racism. / Lea la declaración de nuestro CEO sobre antirracismo.
Read our GSUSA National President's open
letter. / Lea la carta abierta de nuestro presidente nacional
These are our promises to you.
Ongoing Commitment: We know we do not have all the answers,
but we pledge our commitment diversity, equity, inclusion, and
belonging as an ally and advocate for underserved and/or
underrepresented members of our community, regardless of
race/ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, age, religion, or socioeconomic status.
Recruitment: We will stand firm in valuing diversity and
inclusion and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We will
actively recruit membership and staff from communities that
historically have been underrepresented in Girl Scouting to create a
truly equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization.
Black Lives Matter: We stand in solidarity with protestors
across the world who are lifting their voices against systemic
racism, police brutality, hatred, and anti-Blackness. We denounce
racism, inequity, and white supremacy, and believe that rallying for
real structural change is long overdue.
Indigenous Peoples: We will acknowledge the traditional,
ancestral, and unceded lands of the Pawtucket, Wampanoag, Nauset,
and Massachusett peoples, and will pay respect to these communities'
past and present when we gather for Girl Scout activities.
Gender Inclusion: GSEMA welcomes non-binary youth and
transgender boys in addition to anyone who identifies as a girl. As
a youth-serving organization, our priority is the safety and
well-being of the young people in our community. Troop leaders,
families, and GSEMA staff can work together to support and empower
non-binary and transgender youth within Girl Scouting.
Educate: We will listen, learn, and leverage our resources to
learn how to be anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic,
anti-ageist, and accessible. We will seek to understand that
inclusive troops lead to better innovation, higher creativity,
improved problem solving, and increased curiosity and sensitivity
Take Action: We will inspire our girls to help make our world
more equitable and just, so all can thrive. We will not just talk—we
will take action. We encourage all troop leaders to think outside of
the box when developing their troop plans to ensure diversity and
inclusion are at the forefront. It’s only through open dialog that
we can share, reflect, listen, and then act.
We are all on this journey together, and there is no magic formula
to getting this right. We will all make mistakes along the way, and it
might not be easy. But together, with open hearts and open minds, we
will build girls of courage, confidence, and character to make the
world a better place for all.