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People - Juliette Low - Deaf Founder of Girl Scouts

A Deaf Women is Behind All Those Cookies


Updated April 17, 2011

Would you like to buy a box of thin mints, sir or madam? It is that time of year again, when the Girl Scouts holds its annual cookie sale. Who can resist that box of cookies? The next time you give in to the temptation, consider that the Girl Scouts would not exist today were it not for the efforts of one hearing impaired woman, Juliette Low.

In her middle age, Low began her work as a founder of the Girl Scouts in America, which began as the Girl Guides overseas. Her hearing loss actually helped her as she sought support for the growing organization, which became the Girl Scouts in 1915 with "Daisy" Low as the first president.

Low has been honored in several ways, including:

  • Her birthplace in Savannah, Georgia is a tourist destination, run by the Juliette Low National Center.
  • U.S. Postage Stamp, 1948 - Low is one of the few deaf people who have been honored on a postage stamp.

Some books have been published on Low:

  • Juliette Low (compare prices) - adults
  • Juliette Low, Girl Scout Founder - children
  • Daisy and the Girl Scouts: The Story of Juliette Gordon Low (compare prices) - children
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