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Girl Power And it doesn't hurt that all this planning is done in a boy-free environment. Stories abound of quiet girls finding their voices for the first time in Girl Scouts. "I have a couple of girls in particular who have really blossomed. They would have been more reluctant if boys had been around," says Patricia Thames. It is a theme echoed by Holly Boland: "It is a place that girls can go and dis- cover things with other girls that might not have been discovered in a co-ed environment," she says. "You can learn a lot from oth- ers in an all-girl setting." The leadership in Girl Scouts tries hard to prop up girls' self image. "We try to counteract the notion that when girls try to assert themselves, it's seen as negative behavior by their peers," says Ruth N. Bramson. "It is so important for them to have the courage to stand up and be counted." Indeed a new initiative for Girl Scouts is the promotion of non- traditional career exploration in the STEM areas – science, tech- nology, engineering, and math. "We released a recent report that says that those girls who are interested in STEM careers won't con- sider these areas—it's seen as something girls shouldn't do," says Bramson. Carol Rohall's troop works hard to keep girls focused on a limitless career path. "We have shadowed Newton-Wellesley Hospital doctors and invited architects to give talks," says Rohall. "We do a lot of career exploration." To be sure, selling Girl Scout cookies offers a host of hard headed business instruction wrapped around that addictive, crumbly confection. "The girls collect all the money, and they are accountable for all the money," says Rohall. Her daughter Ashley, a tenth grader at Dana Hall, notes that her experiences as a cookie seller have provided long-term advantages that still serve her well today. "I have learned business skills and PR skills," says Ashley. "Some of these things you learn later in life but, because of Girl Scouts, I learned them earlier. " 88 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012

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