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Juliette Gordon Low

Juliette LowThis exceptional woman is named Juliette Low. She was born in Savannah, Georgia, on Halloween day, in 1860 a few months before the Civil War erupted. She was the second of six children in her family. She was never called "Juliette"; people called her "Daisy."

The Gordon family feared that the Union would take over, so they decided to move to Chicago, where they lived with their grandparents. Daisy had 'brain fever' from which she recovered, but it probably caused her deafness. The hearing loss became fully evident at the age of 20.

At the age of 13, she went to school in Virginia where she got in a lot of trouble for telling ghost stories at night or drawing pictures during class. At the age 16, she moved to a New York school where she grew up and made the honors list.

After graduation from the Charbonnier's School, she went back to Savannah, Georgia. She became a refined lady and met William Low, the son of a wealthy family in England. In 1886, they married and moved to England. There, she was known as the elegant lady. However, she never forgot her childhood years in poverty, so she began to visit the people with leprosy and helped elderly poor people.

In 1905, William became ill and died. They had been married for 19 years, but had no children. She was lonely and decided to travel to Europe, India, and back to Savannah. In 1901, while she was in Scotland, she met Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts of America and her interest in Girl Scouts materialized.

Daisy founded the Girl Scouts of America to help girls to learn more different things, such as horticulture, wool, spinning, and cook with imagination. She wanted girls to feel good about themselves. In 1912- 1917, she regularly traveled between Savannah to England. She was never afraid of German U-boats during the first World War.

In 1919, there were 40,000 girl members in the Girl Scouts, In 1927, when Daisy died of cancer, the numbers of Girl Scouts of America increased to 167,000 members. In 1977, there were over 3,000,000 members.