Girl Scouts Amelia Connolly, left, Ava Townsend and Maddie Hagenson start work on a project at a demonstration of some of their activities in Seattle on June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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As American women seek a larger role in politics, fairer wages and an end to sexual harassment, the Girl Scouts see an opportune time to show some swagger in promoting their core mission: girl empowerment.The Girl Scouts' parent organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, will not follow suit by admitting boys.The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, as well as other youth organizations and sports leagues, have experienced membership declines in recent years, for reasons ranging from busy family schedules to the lure of online games and social media. The Girl Scouts say they now have about 1.76 million girls and 780,000 adult members -- down from about 2.9 million girls and 900,000 adult volunteers in 2003 .Harris started as a volunteer 14 years ago when his eldest daughter -- now a confident college student -- joined the Girl Scouts as a shy 5-year-old.Harris' 11-year-old daughter is active in the Girl Scouts, pursuing her interest in science.Fordin is confident the Girl Scouts can maintain their stature as an all-girl institution even as the Boy Scouts make its programs available to boys and girls.Reeny Boutros, 18, of Wichita, Kansas, started Girl Scouts at age 5 .
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