We had all lived through the trauma of the 1960s and early 1970s. Some organizations lost their way. Others were bewildered as they faced the challenges before them. The Girl Scouts were not immune to the turmoil and problems in our society. With eight straight years of declining membership, the Girl Scouts were in danger of losing relevance as social changes remade America. The Girl Scouts were predominantly white, and although the organization was eager to reach out to all races and ethnicities, it was unsure how to do so. The girls of America had new problems and new aspirations. They worried less about preparing for marriage and more about college and careers, less about home economics and more about increasing pressure ...

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