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The Commission partnered with the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) to commemorate 100 years of the 19th Amendment through a special Votes for Women 1920-2020 Patch. To earn the patch, Girl Scouts had to complete the activities in GSUSA’s national Suffrage Centennial Toolkit. The toolkit enabled girls to learn more about the history of women's fight for the right to vote through fun activities, such as creating a suffrage banner or planting a yellow rose bush, which could be done individually by girls or with a troop.


The Commission covered the full cost of the special edition suffrage centennial Girl Scouts patch for the first 7,000 girls who earned the patch. For each of these girls, the Commission also provided a suffrage history book in recognition and celebration of her engagement with the history of the 19th Amendment. For the youngest Girl Scouts who earned the patch, the Commission provided a copy of its custom centennial edition of Around America to Win the Vote by author Mara Rockliff, and for the tween and teen Girl Scouts who earned the patch, the Commission provided the young reader edition of the critically acclaimed book The Woman's Hour by author Elaine Weiss. All 7,000 patches and books were earned by Girl Scouts within the first three days of the program's launch.

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