August 18th, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted some women in the United States the right to vote. The Nineteenth Amendment was officially adopted on August 26, 1920.
We wanted to highlight a unique opportunity for your Girl Scout to earn a Girl Scout Ranger Limited Edition Patch commemorating the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment. Please see below for additional details.
In 2020, for the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gained some women access to the vote, we will celebrate the advances for women that came about from the suffrage movement—and the key historical figures that led the movement. While the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was a significant step for women’s civil rights in our country, there were still many women who were discriminated against and denied equal rights.
As the nation commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the National Park Service will explore the complex history and its legacy at the places where it happened. From the young, immigrant women who worked the textile mills at Lowell National Historical Park, to the female shipyard workers at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, to the women who work to protect and preserve national parks, women’s history can be found at every park. The Girl Scout Ranger program encourages girls to learn more about the full history of women’s suffrage and the 19th Amendment. They are encouraged to think about their own role in the world they live in today because of advances made in the past.
This program aligns with the existing Girl Scout national program model and recognizes the Girl Scout handbooks and earned age-level awards, which include extensive civic engagement and history components and an emphasis on volunteering and serving communities near and distant from national parks. The patch program:
- Exposes girls to the rich social history that is found in our national parks in a thoughtful, and interactive way.
- Gives National Park Service professionals and Girl Scouts and their adult volunteers a fun and educational way to become more familiar with National Park Service sites so that both groups understand the benefits that come from working collaboratively.
- Encourages leaders and girls to go to environmental and history experts when they are seeking opportunities to work toward earning badges, Take ActionTM projects, and the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.
For detailed information on the program along with ideas for projects your Scout can work on, please visit the Girl Scout Ranger Program Page and Download the Resource Guide. Upon completing your project, you can print and submit the Activity Log.