Today, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and LinkedIn launched The Girl Scout Network on LinkedIn. Just a few days before Equal Pay Day on April 10, Girl Scouts and LinkedIn are manifesting their shared commitment to equal opportunity in an invaluable new career resource that promotes girls’ and women’s empowerment, leadership, and advancement in the world. With the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2017 findings revealing that gender pay parity is still more than 200 years away, the two organizations are taking action to help tip the scales for women in the workplace.
The Girl Scout Network invites the organization’s more than 50 million Girl Scout alums to connect with one another on The Girl Scout Network to enhance their career development. Girl Scouts of Connecticut urges anyone in Connecticut who was a Daisy, Brownie, or higher in Girl Scouts to join. Millions of girls already benefit from being a part of Girl Scouts as they grow up, and this new community on LinkedIn will similarly offer support for female professionals. It will also allow alums the opportunity to share their experience with the next generation and join forces with like-minded women to effect change.
With access to LinkedIn’s rich data and insights, GSUSA will aggregate key information from the public profiles of Girl Scout alums, such as: education, career fields, and leadership positions to identify trends, deficits, and opportunities for women in the workplace. This information will help Girl Scouts create relevant and impactful programs and experiences for girls in Connecticut and beyond, to both better prepare them to lead as professionals in the workplace and move the needle on gender parity in their respective fields.
At present, stories about unequal and unethical treatment of women continue to populate headlines across the United States. The Girl Scout Network on LinkedIn will offer inspiring personal stories from girls and alums as well as ways to support and help prepare girls to lead. The page will also provide new and relevant statistics about female leadership to inform and energize female professionals in their careers to take the reins and be trailblazers in our country and the world.
Girl Scout alums in Connecticut and beyond interested in joining should visit The Girl Scout Network and click “follow.”