Cookie boycott called as Girl Scouts turns 107

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An organization best known for empowering girls — and selling delicious cookies — held its first meeting in Savannah 107 years ago.

But there is now a call to boycott them as a former Girl Scout serves her first term in Congress.  

Politics is motivating the call from a conservative columnist, asking her readers to boycott Girl Scout cookie sales for two reasons.

The first being the Girl Scouts’ presence at International Women’s Day, which she says has socialist roots. The second is because of a former Girl Scout, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who is serving her first term in Congress.

Former sportscaster Jane Chastain, 76, wrote a web article, titled “AOC was a Girl Scout…just say no to the cookies,” where she took aim at the Girl Scouts because of what she calls Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive rhetoric.

She also pointed to what she deems the liberal tendencies of the Girl Scouts.

“It is little wonder the Girl Scouts have taken a sharp left turn and can be found marching for abortion rights, gun control and other radical feminist events like International Women’s Day,” Chastain wrote, adding, “So before you decide to embrace an International Women’s Day celebration or buy the cookies, ask yourself, ‘Will the country be better off with more representatives like the young socialist Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez?'”

The freshman Congresswoman fired back on Twitter: “Boycotting cookies that teach little girls leadership skills to own the libs. Nice job,” she wrote, adding a thumbs up emoji, then, “I’ll take 10.”

Jami Brantley, the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Museum Manager, says scouting teaches girls and young women life skills and offers them the chance to challenge themselves and make positive contributions to their communities. 

She adds Ocasio-Cortez is not the only former Girl Scout making a mark in Washington, D.C. 

“So many of the women in Congress are Girl Scouts, Republicans, and Democrats, so, as I mentioned, our mission in Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character…and regardless of if you agree with, you know, Miss Ocasio-Cortez, you can’t deny that she has courage and confidence in her convictions and her beliefs.”

Brantley added that Girl Scout alums make up more than 70 percent of female senators and 60 percent of the women in the 116th Congress. 

The boycott call didn’t diminish the celebrations at the Historic Girl Scout Headquarters in Savannah Tuesday, as young scouts learned more of their founding and celebrated the day the scouts started: March 12, 1912.

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