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Congress, Girl Scouts Support Positive Images for Girls in the Media

Posted: March 31, 2010
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Women and girls probably make up a large percentage of your clientele. By supporting this bill, you can show your clients the high importance you place on the self-esteem and health of today's girls.

U.S. Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) recently introduced bipartisan legislation that establishes a national taskforce to develop voluntary guidelines and other measures to promote positive images of girls and women.

The bill, the Healthy Media for Youth Act (H.R. 4925), which was developed in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), would support media literacy programs, promote research on the effects of media images, and encourage the adoption of voluntary guidelines to promote healthier media images for youth.

"Throughout their lives, girls struggle with how to reconcile the images of girls and women they see in the media with their own body image, self worth and potential," said Kathy Cloninger, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA. "As the premier leadership experience for girls, it's vitally important that Girl Scouts play a leadership role in efforts to provide our young people with healthier, more positive images in the media. We're grateful to Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin and Shelley Moore Capito for co-sponsoring this important legislation, and we are excited about the impact it can have for girls."

In the coming weeks, Girl Scout staff and volunteer leaders from councils throughout the country will meet with their members of Congress to build support for the legislation. The initiative, known as Girl Scout District Congressional Advocacy Days, is part of an organization-wide effort to be the leading voice for girls and promote healthy media images for girls. The outreach effort is a unique opportunity for Girl Scouts to not only meet with members of Congress, but speak with a unified voice on issues important to girls.