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This past week, pictures of New York-area girl scouts dressed up as their favorite historical role models went viral. It turns out, a local group of junior girl scouts from Troop 10336 in Cumberland Valley School District had recently undertaken the same type of project — with an added educational component.
Inspired by the work of a Canadian photographer who had taken photos of her own 5-year-old daughter dressed up as famous women in history, Melanie Stine, leader of Troop 10336, created a badge-worthy project for the girls in her troop. The girl scouts read about famous women from different time periods and different ethnic backgrounds; then the girls took turns posing as each of the following women: Susan B. Anthony, Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Audrey Hepburn, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Margaret Thatcher, Sally Ride and Condoleezza Rice.
“As troop leader, I wanted to do more than say, ‘OK, girls, here are famous women. Let’s play dress up.’ I wanted them to learn a little about each woman and why their struggle to be the first or to accomplish their goals is so moving,” said Stine. “Our scouts are 9 and 10 years old, in that magical age where they are old enough to empathize with topics like oppression and injustice, but still young enough to jump fearlessly into a project like this without being worried about looking cool around their friends.”
The project helped the troop members meet the requirements for the ‘playing the past’ and the ‘digital photography’ badges. They also received a hardcover scrapbook of the project.
Members of Troop 10336, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, include: Aaliyah, Alessandra, Ava, Avery, Genevieve, Juliana, Madilyn, Marguerite, and Remez.