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Juliette Gordon Low

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1: Juliette Gordon Low was born in Savannah, Georgia on October 31st, 1860. She was the second of six children of William and Eleanor Gordon. On January 17th, 1927 Juliette lost her fight to breast cancer. She was berried at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.

2: Juliette was officially a Low on December 21st, 1886 when she married wealthy Englishman William Mackay Low. However not all went well at her wedding, just before her wedding she started suffering from chronic ear infections. As a result, Gordon lost most of her hearing in one ear, due to improper care. During her wedding a grain of good-luck rice was thrown and got lodged in her ear, puncturing the eardrum, resulting in an infection and total loss of hearing in that ear.

3: Even though Juliette lost almost all her hearing she still enjoyed life. She wrote poems, sketched, wrote, and acted in plays, and later became a skilled painter and sculptor. But that is just the beginning of her talents. One of her best talents was standing on her. She would stand on her head each year, on her birthday, to prove she could still do it. One of Juliette's favorite things to do was travel. During the Spanish-American war Juliette returned back to America to aid in the war effort. During this time Juliette helped he mother to organize a hospital for soldiers. At the end of the war Juliette returned home to a disintegrating marriage. The lows were separated at the time of Mr. Lows death in 1905.

5: Juliette Gordon Low is the founder of Girls Scouts of America. She did not know what she wanted to do but as soon as she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell ( founder of Boy Scots and Girl Guides) she knew she wanted to impact the new youth movement. About one year later Juliette returned to America to start her mission. She picked up the phone to call a friend, saying, " I've got something for the girls of SAvannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!" 18 girls gathered on MArch 12, 1912 to register as the first troop of American Girl Scouts. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Since then, girl scouts has increased to about 4 million girls being involved.

6: Juliette changed the world, and just like she changed the world she changed the New South too. She taught girls that now matter who they are or what they look like that they have a voice and that they do matter. For her amazing work Juliette is still receiving awards to this day.

7: Awards: July 3, 1948:President Harry S. Truman signed a bill authorizing a stamp in honor of Juliette Gordon Low. During World War 2: Liberty Ship named in her honor. 1954: School named after her in her honor October 28, 1979: Low was introduced into the National Women's Hall of Fame December 2, 1983: Federal building named after her in her honor. 1992: Juliette was honored as the first Georgia Women of Achievement. October 14, 2005: Bronze and granite monument was built in her honor in Washington, D.C. April 26, 2012: Obama awarded the Presidential Medal if Freedom to Juliette.

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