by Kathie England

Be Bold, Be Brave, and Raise Your Hand

“I’m 10. And I Want Girls to Raise Their Hands.”
That’s the title of the October 31, 2017 op-ed piece in The New York Times by Alice Paul Tapper. When she was on a fourth grade field trip, Alice noticed that all the boys stood in the front and raised their hands while most of the girls stayed quietly in the back.
Troubled by what she observed, Alice talked with her mom and they decided to bring this issue to her Girl Scout troop. She discovered that other girls had observed the same reluctance of girls to raise their hands in class.
Alice did more than just discuss this issue with her mom and her Girl Scouts friends. With their help, she created a new Girl Scout badge called Raise Your Hand. Girls are invited to take the Raise Your Hand Pledge that includes the following commitments:

  1. Raising her hand in class
  2. Recruiting three other girls to take the pledge (they don’t have to be Girl Scouts)
  3. Sharing how raising her hand makes a girl feel and posting of picture of herself raising her hand on Facebook
  4. Purchasing a Raise Your Hand participation patch

Alice’s action is a great example of taking a small step! I encourage you to read all about this movement started by a 10-year-old in The New York Times link below.

Then look at the link on the Girl Scout website that describes how to get involved.

You can even see the pledge in this link.

And most important – How are you showing up and how are you raising your hand in 2018?
Visit and raise your hand to help elect Bryan Caforio for Congress in California’s 25th Congressional District!