Success! Florida Girl Scouts Gain Space Equal To Boy Scouts

Twelve-year-old Isabella Cruz can teach you a thing or two about how to stand up for your rights and make a difference.

Cruz is part of Girl Scout Troop 918 in Florida. Earlier this year, the group decided to create a 10 foot by 10 foot campsite exhibit, built entirely out of flattened Girl Scout cookie boxes, to be displayed at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair between March 23 and April 16.

The troop received approval from officials running the fair and worked hard for a month and a half completing the project.

But then, just about eight days before the delivery date, they got a text from these same officials notifying them that after all, there was just no room for their exhibit at the County Youth Fair.

It was insulting enough to be dismissed with a text, but then Cruz discovered that the Boy Scouts had been allocated a space at least five times bigger than the Girl Scouts’ section. Those boys had been able to create three life-size jets and a plane in their area.

Girl Scouts Demand Equality

Cruz was determined to take action. So she started a Care2 petition demanding that next year the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair give the Girl Scouts equal space as the Boy Scouts.

As she told Care2, “When my troop leader asked them why the Boy Scouts had so much space but the Girl Scouts didn’t, they told us that the Boy Scouts were ‘grandfathered in.’ I speak for all Girl Scout troops when I say that is not fair.”

You can meet the amazing Isabella Cruz and her mom Patricia, who is also the troop leader, right here:

Her petition quickly gathered signatures, but at first the County Youth Fair officials were slow to respond. 

Cruz sent an email to the organizers of the Fair asking for a meeting to deliver the petition and discuss her request. After several weeks, she received this email: “I commit to you that Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, Inc. will review the items raised and substantively respond to them in the near future.”

At the end of April, Cruz learned that Fair officials had never even contacted the CEO of the Girl Scout Council. This led to a round-table discussion with the troop, the CEO and the new director in charge of the Youth Fair for the Girl Scouts, and the development of new guidelines for the Fair.

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Success!

Eventually 40,920 Care2 members signed Cruz’s petition, and on June 15 Cruz posted this success update:

“We did it!!! I met with the President & CEO of the Dade County Youth Fair and the Competitive Exhibits Directors this morning and presented my petition which had over 40,000 signatures. They were really nice and they agreed to give Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts the same amount of space!! I want to thank everyone who signed the petition and I want to thank the Youth Fair for stepping up and making the change!”

A huge shout out to Isabella Cruz and to all the Care2 activists who signed up to support her.

Cruz did an amazing job of rallying support for her cause through her petition, but we have to wonder why there was even a question that Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts should have equal space.

As David H. from Florida wrote on the petition, “Space should be allotted by number of scout members attending.”

Jody F., also from Florida, made a good point: “If the Boy Scouts can be grandfathered in, the Girl Scouts should be grandmothered in.”

“Remember Title 9..equal treatment for women and girls. What a dangerous, hurtful, negative message you send to the girls,” wrote Jaclyn M. from Florida.

Cruz was determined to keep fighting; she persisted and won. Maybe we’ll see her running for office one day.

If you have an issue that’s deeply troubling to you, why not start your own petition, just as Isabella Cruz did? Get started using these guidelines and begin making a difference today!

 

Image credit: Isabella Cruz

99 comments

Carl R
Carl R1 months ago

Thanks!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABVKIPk_u0

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Sue H
Sue H2 months ago

Way to Go Isabella!

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 months ago

Noted.

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Greatest news to end a good week Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

So awesome should have happened years ago Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Just so wonderful Thank you for caring and sharing

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Beryl L
Beryl Ludwig2 months ago

Thanks!!

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Naomi D
Naomi Dreyer5 months ago

GREAT! WONDERFUL!

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Sonia M
Sonia M5 months ago

Kudos to Isabella.Thanks for sharing

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