Do you know where those lyrics come from? They are from God Bless America. What you do is to stand beside girls and guide girls. This week is STAND BESIDE HER week. This is an initiative to change the negative messages about women and girls.
How many girls have been discouraged or suffered put downs while trying to lead? 39% At what age does a girl's self-esteem peak? At 9 years old, think about that for a minute, your peak self-esteem is reached at age 9, 4th grade. Sixty-seven women rate having a mentor as highly important to their career, however 63% have never had a mentor. Five percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
The data is clear from the Girl Scout Research Institute that Girl Scouts does make a positive difference in the lives of the girls involved. Stand Beside Her is a call to action initiative to mentor, support, and develop women and girls; to end comparison and competition and create a more collaboration and support for one another.
Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, understood the power of mentoring, support, and collaboration to create support for other girls and women. Look at what she built. An organization that has transcended time and surely what she had imagined. Consider the millions of girls and women who have been changed by someone who chose to STAND BESIDE HER and guide her. What a wonderful gift.
Recently I was listening to some actor speak on television, when asked about something frightful that happened his response was "I cried like a girl." At that moment, it hit me as a pretty offensive comment. I doubt that was his intention, but he didn't think about it and what we say does reflect our values. As we consider who we are and how we want to change the world, consider committing to changing the self-esteem of the girls you touch. Consider the power that serving as a mentor, building positive relations among girls, and appreciate each girl for her talents, strengths, and uniqueness.