Girls today

Girls in this country are ethnically and racially diverse with half—51 percent—white, 25 percent Hispanic, 14 percent Black, 5 percent Asian, 4 percent multiracial and 1 percent American Indian.

Four out of 10 of all the girls, ages 5 to 17, in this country live in families with low-incomes.

Girl Scouts is trying to include more of these low-income girls in its organization, Dr. Kathy Hopinkah Hanan, national president of Girl Scouts USA, recently told delegates attending the Girl Scout National Convention.

Hannan, a KPMG executive, credits Girls Scouts for giving her the “necessary foundation for what I am today. Girl Scouts gave me character, confidence and courage,” she says. “My family was on welfare. In Girl Scouts, a caring adult took the time to challenge me.”

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