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Intern Spotlight- Girlhood the Exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum by Emmaline


The Smithsonian National Museum of American History proudly presents its new exhibit, Girlhood: It's Complicated, highlighting girls' trials and tribulations throughout history. The exhibition dives into five specific topics: News and Politics, Education (Being Schooled), Wellness (Body Talk), Work (Hey, Where's My Girlhood?), Fashion (Girl's Remix), and includes seven interactive biographical stories. The Girlhood exhibit emphasizes how women have made the change and been given a voice throughout history.

The exhibit showcases how women are indeed a force to reckoned with. They are changemakers who have made history. The show highlights Girl Scouts and how the organization created a sense of belonging amongst girls through insignia, uniforms, and awards. Girl Scouts allowed girls to meet and have a space where they felt comfortable growing and learning.

Girlhood showcases Girl Scout Louise Davis and her memories of scouting in the early 1900s through her scrapbook and sash, which her troop pioneered the use of. Louise Davis attained 126 merit badges and was a Golden Eaglet Winner, now known as a Gold Award. Like the Gold Award, the Golden Eaglet Award emphasizes how the recipient should embody character, health, handicraft, happiness, and service.

The Girl Scouts organization continues to be a space where girls can come from all backgrounds and feel safe to explore their passions, learn new skills, and grow as a girl. Every girl belongs to Girl Scouts. Like in the early 1900s, Girl Scouts instills courage, confidence, leadership, character, and entrepreneurship into all members through camping, community service, learning first aid, and earning badges by acquiring practical skills.

The exhibit Girlhood: It's Complicated will be on display until January 2, 2023.