As a young Girl Scout Brownie, Sylvia Acevedo was encouraged to pursue her scientific interests, leading to a career as an engineer and rocket scientist. She’s been featured as one of "America's Top 50 Women in Tech" by Forbes, developed programs for NASA, and introduced badges in robotics, coding and cybersecurity to Girl Scouts across the nation. Today, she’s the CEO of GSUSA!
Celebrating Women's History Month
March is Women’s History Month and Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is celebrating women in history! This month we will highlight women of courage, confidence, and character. We will be sharing the stories of women both past and present who have helped shape the arts, sciences, sports and politics.
After a friend had fallen ill and suggested a female physician would have had more compassion, Elizabeth Blackwell left her position as a school teacher to pursue a degree in medicine. She became the first woman to attend medical school in the United States and upon graduating, publish her inaugural thesis on typhoid fever in the Buffalo Medical Journal. Blackwell would go on to promote the education of women in medicine.
As the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in 1903 and the only person to win the Nobel Prize for two separate sciences, Marie Curie was a pioneer in the fields of both physics and chemistry. Her achievements included the development of the theory of radioactivity, techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes and the discovery of two elements, polonium (named for her beloved home country of Poland) and radium.
Named as one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine, Nimrata "Nikki" Haley was the first female governor of South Carolina, and the second Indian-American. Prior to her term as governor, she served three terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives. As governor, she left office early to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Wearing corrective shoes as a child, Mia Hamm first played soccer while her family was stationed with the Air Force in Florence, Italy, and joined her first team at age five while living in Texas. Hailed as a soccer icon, Hamm would go on to become a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion.
A classically-trained pianist, Alicia Keys was composing songs by age 12 and was signed at just 15 years old to Colombia Records. Keys is singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and philanthropist and has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including 15 competitive Grammy Awards. She is also the co-founder and Global Ambassador of Keep a Child Alive and has been honored for her work.
By the young age of 10, Georgia O’Keeffe knew she wanted to be an artist and went on to study at both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. Recognized as the “Mother of American Modernism”, she is best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers.
With her father as her crew chief and her mother tracking her stats, Danica Patrick began her racing career on the Sugar River Raceway go-kart track at age 10. By age 14 she had been accepted into the Lyn St. James Foundation Driver Development Program and later spent three years in England refining her racing skills. Today, Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing.
Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, at a time when the south was racially segregated, Condoleezza Rice originally studied to be a concert pianist. After attending an international politics class, Rice switched majors and perused a degree in political science. She would go on to become the first female African-American Secretary of State.
Staring in her first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, at age nine, Emma Watson would portray the brainy and bold Hermione Granger in all eight Harry Potter films. Following the film franchise’s success, Watson continued acting and split her time between film projects and her education, studying English literature at Brown University. Watson was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe.
Homeschooled by her father, Serena Williams began playing tennis at the age of four, but her parents insisted her studies come before sports. With good grades, Williams entered her first professional tennis competition at age 15. Since then, she’s been ranked the world’s top ranked singles tennis player on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She and her sister Venus have also won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles.