Girls don’t need Boy Scouts’ approval for validation

first_imgBut the solution to that imbalance shouldn’t be telling girls to abandon their Girl Scout troops to go after the boys’ honor.It should be giving the girls’ achievement — which requires working hard to build the same skills we celebrate so publicly in Eagle Scouts — the respect it deserves.By telling young women that they need to earn Eagle Scout rank to get the recognition and benefits it conveys, we are sending a crystal-clear message:To get the respect you deserve for your achievements, you have to join a historically male-oriented organization and meet that group’s definition of success.Putting in the hard work to make a difference in your community as part of a girl-centered organization just isn’t enough.I recognize that there are girls and families for whom the Girl Scouting programs in their communities don’t meet their needs.For older girls, existing coed Boy Scout programs can and do help address those shortfalls. Even for girls who aren’t currently participating in Girl Scouts, the move sends a troubling message: You can do more as a girl in a boys’ organization than you can as a girl in a girls’ organization.We already use what boys achieve in Boy Scouts as our point of reference for what girls accomplish in Girl Scouts because the former is more familiar to the broader public than the latter. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of the Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award.Proponents of the Boy Scouts’ policy change have emphasized girls’ newfound ability to earn Eagle Scout rank as one of the most exciting things about opening up aspects of Boy Scouting to girls.Colleges and prospective employers, they argue, understand the work it takes to become an Eagle Scout and see young men who have earned the Eagle Scout rank as attractive candidates. They’re not wrong.Achieving Eagle Scout status is a significant accomplishment, and the young men who earn it deserve the respect they get.And yes, the Eagle Scout rank is far more familiar to many Americans than the Gold Award.Indeed, I’ve spent the last 15 years explaining my Girl Scout Gold Award to friends, colleagues and prospective employers as the “Girl Scout version” of the Eagle Scout rank. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIn the latest of high-profile moves to open up its membership, the Boy Scouts of America announced last week that it would allow girls and young women to participate in more of its programming.Many see this as a big step forward for girls; another wall keeping young women from certain opportunities has fallen.And for some young women, the chance to participate in Boy Scouting programs will give them a chance to pursue their goals in exciting ways. But the new policy isn’t a straightforward win for girls.Initial reports on the Boy Scouts’ policy indicate that small groups for young members (known in the Boy Scouts as Cub Scout dens) will continue to be single gender, so girls will still have access to leadership opportunities in a single-gender environment.But there’s a difference between being in a girl-led group within a larger entity whose entire history and mission has been about serving boys and being part of an organization like the Girl Scouts whose central focus has always been on building “girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”Even with careful research and preparation, Boy Scouts’ efforts to serve girls in single-gender groups will still be built on a long legacy of focusing on boys’ needs.Everything meant to serve girls specifically will be an adjustment, not the default, central focus.Will a Boy Scouts’ program meant to introduce girls to public service, for example, take the same careful steps to make sure young women meet female elected officials, like one in which I participated as a Girl Scout in high school?It’s not just that opening up the Boy Scouts to girls has the potential to move girls out of a girl-led, girl-centered organization. I know, because I also participated in one of those programs, Venturing, as a high school student in part to pursue activities beyond what my Girl Scout troop was offering.I applaud the activism of the young women who have been pushing for the policy change.Even if they find that Girl Scouts don’t meet their needs, identifying what you see as a problem in the world and working to change it is exactly what Girl Scouting teaches, and I hope they find fulfilling experiences in the new Boy Scouting programs.But the Boy Scouts’ policy change isn’t just about the opportunities it creates for individual girls.It’s about what we convey to young women about their achievements and the context in which they pursue them — that they are less valuable, simply because they weren’t designed by men.Molly E. Reynolds is a fellow in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and a recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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How far should protests be taken?

first_imgI watched the news showcasing these students who walked out of school because they want a change. Their goal is gun control, but to what extent? I retired as a teacher 14 years ago. We were aware of school shootings then. The thing that worries me now is the increase in student suicides since then. It’s a definite result of bullying. The thing that has changed since then is Facebook. It allows someone to belittle and terrorize someone unseen. You can even abuse students states away. If these students are sincere, they should get off Facebook. I know their response would be to ask why penalize the vast majority for the actions of a demented few. Yet isn’t that what you’re doing with gun control?  I can’t believe all gun owners are potential murderers.While I’m at it, I’d like to comment about the Starbucks problem. The CEO of Starbucks said it isn’t a company policy to deny bathroom usage to anyone in need. Buying something isn’t necessary. I hope you’re aware of this next winter when those cold days come around. I see this as an invitation to any homeless persons who need to get out of the cold. I realize some people will feel uncomfortable drinking coffee and eating baked goods while a needy person is watching. I realize this is a case of putting humanity before profit. Isn’t that what America is all about? Just look at the drug manufacturers and oil companies.Pete PidgeonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff… Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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first_imgTopics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Linkedin Clients of the national health insurance may rejoice at the Supreme Court’s ruling annulling a sharp increase in the premiums they had to pay, but hospitals say the decision could hurt their already dire financial situation with many bills unpaid.No one would say it outright, but health services at these hospitals would inevitably be affected unless the government comes up with a quick answer on how to plug the huge deficit besetting the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan). In January, the company owed hospitals Rp 14 trillion (US$959 million).The court last week granted victory to a group of petitioners who had challenged Presidential Regulation No. 75/2019 that almost doubled premiums across all service tiers.BPJS Kesehatan has been collecting the higher premiums since January, namely Rp 160,000 for the first-class membership, Rp 110,000 f… Facebook health health-care health-care-in-Indonesia BPJS BPJS-Kesehatan premium Supreme-Court Sri-Mulyani-Indrawati Log in with your social account Forgot Password ?last_img read more

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first_imgAt least 25 medical personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, while one has died from the disease, as recorded by the Jakarta provincial administration.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan revealed the information during a press briefing at City Hall on Friday, calling on all citizens to assist the medical personnel in preventing the coronavirus from spreading by staying at home.“This is our moral obligation,” Anies said. “If we want to help our brothers and sisters on the front lines of curing and treating the patients, stay at home.” The governor also quoted a message conveyed by medical personnel urging people to stay home while they were working at hospitals. “It’s a very powerful message. Let’s obey their call.”Read also: ‘If not us, who else will do it?’: Sweat and tears of Indonesia’s COVID-19 nurses, doctorsAccording to the administration, about 17,500 doctors, 27,000 nurses and 900 community health practitioners were working in the capital city to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.There are eight referral centers specializing in the treatment of COVID-19, namely Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital in North Jakarta, Cengkareng Regional General Hospital in West Jakarta, Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital and Mintohardjo Navy Hospital in Central Jakarta, Persahabatan Hospital and Bhayangkara Police Hospital in East Jakarta, and Fatmawati Central General Hospital and Pasar Minggu Regional General Hospital in South Jakarta.The Jakarta administration announced a 14-day state of emergency on Friday, urging offices and entertainment centers to suspend operations starting Monday.Health authorities have recorded 267 COVID-19-positive cases in Jakarta as of Saturday, which have resulted in 23 fatalities in the region. Nationwide, authorities confirmed 450 cases of COVID-19, with 38 people dying because of the disease. (sau/trn)Topics :last_img read more

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