It’s Women’s History Month, and the Girl Scouts of the USA are celebrating trailblazing women with a photo shoot and video posted on the Girl Scouts blog Thursday.
Photography studio Toddlewood styled the girls, who were chosen by application in the New York area. They dressed up as Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, the NASA pioneers who were the focus of the film “Hidden Figures,” as well as Amelia Earhart, Mae Jemison, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Celia Cruz, Madam CJ Walker, Lucille Ball, Whoopi Goldberg and Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette Gordon Low.
Rather than just talking to girls about women’s history, the organization wanted to give them a chance to walk in the shoes of the 11 iconic women who broke barriers in their fields, according to Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Chief Girl and Parent Expert at Girl Scouts of the USA.
According to Bastiani Archibald, the girls not only had a great time playing and laughing at the shoot, but they were truly inspired by the boundary-shattering women they were portraying.
“It wasn’t just a dress up day: each of them learned the stories behind these iconic women, and honored their achievements. They truly became that woman for a while – they walked out of that shoot a little more inspired, confident, and assured of their own strength,” she told The Huffington Post.
Bastiani Archibald says that this is the message that the Girl Scouts wish to broadcast to the world with their photo shoot.
“We want every girl to know she can be a leader, shatter ceilings, and make a difference in the world. Girl Scouts are making history every single day, and they become the history-makers of tomorrow as well,” she said.
Judging by the photos, these girls are off to a great start.