Did you know that since 1912, nearly 50 million girls in the United States have joined the Girl Scouts? Girl Scouts helped an amazingly diverse array of famous women develop a strong foundation of courage, confidence and character. It's no surprise then that quite a few famous women spent time in the sash. Celebrities who got their start selling cookies and earning merit badges include Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter and actress/writer Carrie Fisher; former first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan; Olympic skaters Bonnie Blair and Peggy Fleming; astronaut Sally Ride; and iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem. Browse our collection of inspiring famous Girl Scouts who have certainly earned merit badges in their fields.
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Notable cookie sale graduates include redheaded comedan Lucille Ball and actress Blythe Danner, journalists and talk show hosts Lisa Ling and Barbara Walters, and singing divas Mariah Carey and Jessye Norman. Read more about our featured famous Girl Scouts, including songstress Taylor Swift, tennis player Venus Williams, first female secretary of state Madeleine Albright and more.
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TV Journalist Barbara Walters was on the Today show for 11 years. She is also the first woman to co-anchor a network (ABC) evening news program.
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