Advocacy Hero

Portraits in Leadership
Girl Scouts Interview
Women Members of Congress

A series of interviews with female members of the United States Congress. Illinois Congresswoman, Cheri Bustos, was interviewed by Gold Award recipient, Eva Dynes, for Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

When Girls Succeed, So Does Society

The Problem

  • Only one in five girls believe she has what it takes to lead.
  • Only 17% of U.S. senators, representatives, and govenors are women.
  • There’s not a single woman among CEOs and board chairs at the top 15 media companies.
  • Women claim only 3% percent of the top positions at Fortune 500 companies.

Support the Solution

Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ growth and development. Our long-term goal is urgent: to create balanced leadership in one generation. Everyone needs to play a role in helping girls reach their leadership potential. There are many way you can help her get there:

  • Become a troop volunteer
  • Encourage girls to participate in Girl Scouts
  • Invest your time, expertise, and/or resources at Girl Scouts
  • Take the To Get Her There pledge at:
  • Lead a FIRST® Lego® League Team
  • Spread the word about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to increase girls’ involvement
  • Join the fight against bullying and volunteer with girls to prevent relational aggression

The State Girl Scout Legislative Network

Girl Scouts represent girls’ interests before state legislators and members of Congress, as well as with state departments and agencies. Locally, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois partners with Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa to make this happen for the entire state of Iowa.

Through advocacy, we inform and educate key representatives about issues important to the well-being of girls and support legislative efforts for increased program resources that may improve girls’ lives.

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