The chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA was all too pleased to give props Wednesday to the record 20 women who are now members of the U.S. Senate: Fourteen of them, or 70 percent, are former Girl Scouts.
"I am so proud of our alumnae today, and look forward to the great things the will accomplish as national leaders and role models in the United States Senate," Anna Maria Chavez, said in a statement on the organization's Web site.
Five new women were sworn in to the senate Wednesday, for a total of 20, the largest number in history.
Here is Chavez's full statement:
“For 100 years, Girl Scouts has been at the forefront of creating positive social change for girls, developing young women of courage and character who are today advancing into leadership roles in our society. Through Girl Scouting these women learned that there was nothing they couldn’t accomplish through hard work, commitment and dedication. Today, 14 of our alumnae have entered one of the most powerful legislative bodies in the world, clearly demonstrating that the core principles on which Girl Scouting was founded are alive and well in the 21st Century. We are seeing the impact that Girl Scouting can have in the life of a young woman. I am so proud of our alumnae today, and look forward to the great things they will accomplish as national leaders and role models in the United States Senate.”