Girl Scouts empowers with financial literacy

The latest Girl Scouts selling season has unveiled a new cookie queen. Over the past eight weeks, 12-year-old Oklahoma Girl Scout Kate Francis sold over 18,100 boxes of cookies, according to Forbes. Francis — a young girl who, if she wants it, undoubtedly has a very promising future in business— broke the previous cookie-selling record of 18,000, held since 1986.

Though Francis’s story may seem like the small-scale victory of one highly impressive girl, it speaks to the larger importance of empowerment through financial literacy to young girls. Girl Scouts places girls in the position to learn valuable life skills, such as money management, time efficiency, interpersonal communication, leadership, and perseverance in pursuit of goals.

Money management, and personal finance in general, is notoriously neglected in formal elementary and high school education. As the largest female-run business worldwide, the Girl Scouts cookie selling program provides girls with the crucial financial skills that formal education continues to fall short of adequately teaching.

Programs like the Girl Scouts, and similar initiatives in formal education, should be encouraged and advanced. They may be key to the development of such skills that play a vital role in fostering the next generation of successful female leaders.