Instagram post by @elizabethwarrenma Elizabeth Warren

When my daughter Amelia was growing up, I was a Brownie leader. On Tuesday afternoons, I had a dozen little girls show up at our house to work on earning their badges. In fact, my last serious attempt at raising money before I ran for the Senate in 2011 was serving as cookie chair for one of her troops when she got older.

So I was delighted to meet Sylvia Acevedo, the CEO of the Girl Scouts, on a train this morning. Decades ago, Sylvia earned her Science badge in New Mexico – and it inspired her to become a real life rocket scientist.

Today, the Girl Scouts have 2.7 million members – and more than 59 million women are Girl Scout alumnae. It has been at the forefront of our country’s movement for diversity and tolerance, empowering girls of every racial and ethnic group, geography and background to make a difference in their communities. And it teaches little girls that they can reach for the stars.


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