In the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, it states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
2020 is the Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. This historic centennial offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and to explore its relevance to the issues of civic engagement and equal rights today.
The National Park Service in partnership with the Girl Scouts of the USA are excited to announce a new patch program that honors the legacy and spirit of the women’s suffrage movement. Under the auspices of the program, Girl Scouts will be awarded a limited-edition commemorative patch for their participation in activities that will enhance their understanding of the significance of the 19th Amendment, provide pathways for Girl Scouts to learn about women’s history through the lens of national parks, and recognize the significant contributions that women have and continue to make in our world.
Throughout the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, suffragists marched in parades, held rallies, staffed tents at fairs, and distributed information to spread the word of how important it was for women to be able to fully participate in our nation’s civic discourse through the vote. This patch program is designed to encourage Girl Scouts of all levels to learn and become more aware of the suffrage movement and learn about women who played important roles in shaping history.
The Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Activity Booklet offers a range of suggested activities for girls and adults that can be adapted to the skill level of the girls as needed. These activities may be done as a troop, as an individually registered Girl Scout, or at home.
To earn this exclusive commemorative patch for the Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Centennial Program, Girl Scouts must complete program requirements by March 31, 2021.
Here’s how parks can participate!
- Download the Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Centennial Activity Booklet. The content in this toolkit will inspire girls to discover the history of women’s history, voting rights, and civic engagement. Through these activities, girls will connect, have multi-generational conversations within their communities, better understand the barriers that have been broken, and celebrate the women who advanced women’s rights.
- Purchase the limited-edition commemorative patch for your site.
- Access the promotional tip sheet flyer to help you promote this initiative to local councils.
Consider contributing to the Women of the National Park Service series so that Girl Scouts can explore the many careers filled by women across the NPS. Information on how to join in the commemoration activities is available on the 19th Amendment Centennial Resources Sharepoint.
- Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Centennial Program: View the webinar recording!
- Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Centennial Program (NPS.gov website)
- Encourage Girl Scouts to Share Their Story With NPS and GSUSA
- Tell NPS and GSUSA what you did by completing the Success Story survey!
- Encourage girls to share their experience at NPS sites by sending an e-mail and photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Post photos of your experience in parks on social media by using #NPS19th #NPSYouth #FindYourPark and #gsoutdoors in your Facebook and Twitter posts!
- Girls should also submit any Take Action projects completed at NPS sites to GSUSA’s Map It! Girls Changing the World online map.