Girl Scouts of the USA: Democracy, Sisterhood, and Empire


ACLS Fellowship Program


American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


“Girl Scouts of the USA” focuses on the little studied yet extraordinarily important history of the Girl Scouts of the USA, from its origins in 1912 to the present, exploring its complex struggles over race and civil rights, feminism, sexualities, and the legacies of empire and colonialism. Focusing on particularly evocative moments of its history, this project illuminates the ways that this major institution of US history worked to shape girls’ and women’s lives in the United States and the world during a century of extreme cultural and political change.