According to a recent article in the Tampa Bay Business Journal*, women executives are noticeably absent at Tampa Bay’s biggest companies. Unfortunately, this trend isn’t isolated to our area – gender-balanced leadership is lacking nationwide.
As reported by the Girl Scout Research Institute, although women now represent half of our nation’s workforce and more than half of our country’s college students and graduates are women, there is still a shortage of women in leadership roles. As of 2012, women made up only 18.3 percent of the US Congress, 23.4 percent of statewide elective executive offices and just 3.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.
It’s no wonder that more than one-third of girls say they would not feel comfortable trying to be a leader, while almost 40 percent are not sure if they are cut out to be a leader. After all, how can they be it, if they can’t see it? Who are girls’ role models?
Through ToGetHerThere, the largest, boldest cause campaign dedicated to girls’ leadership issues in our nation’s history, Girl Scouts is dedicated to helping break down the societal barriers that hinder girls from leading and achieving success. Locally, Girl Scouts are building the courage, confidence and character needed to shatter the glass ceiling. This year alone:
- 10,426 girls participated in our council’s Girl Scout Cookie Program and 5,519 girls participated in our council’s fall product program where they learned goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, success and life.
- 394 girls earned the highest leadership awards in Girl Scouting – the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards – which equates to more than 13,490 hours of sustainable service committed to their respective causes.
- More than 400 Girl Scouts attended our council’s first-ever STEMapalooza and participated in activities and learning about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Society needs to step up and do better for our girls. All adults have a role to play and with Girl Scouts leading the charge, together, we can have an impact on girls today to help them lead for a better tomorrow.However you choose to get involved, whether by volunteering to serve as a positive role model for girls, enrolling your daughter in Girl Scouts or by advocating on behalf of girls, your support is an investment in girls’—and society’s—future.
*Please use the above link to access the full article published by The Tampa Bay Business Journal on Dec. 11, 2013 by Margie Manning.