Juliette Gordon Low was an influential woman in American history who founded the Girl Scouts of the USA. What is less known is that she was also deaf.
Born on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia, Juliette was the second of six children. When she was 26 years old, she lost hearing in one ear after an accident and later lost hearing in the other ear as well. Despite her hearing loss, Juliette didn't let it hold her back from pursuing her passions.
In 1912, Juliette founded the Girl Scouts of the USA, an organization that aimed to empower young girls and women. Juliette believed that girls should have the same opportunities as boys and that they should be encouraged to develop their own interests and skills.
Despite facing criticism and opposition from some who believed that girls shouldn't be involved in outdoor activities, Juliette persevered and the Girl Scouts became a huge success. The organization now has over 2.5 million members and is dedicated to fostering leadership, confidence, and character in young girls and women.
Juliette's legacy extends beyond the Girl Scouts. She was an advocate for people with disabilities and promoted the use of sign language. She also helped establish the first public school for deaf children in her hometown of Savannah.
Juliette Gordon Low's impact on American history and her dedication to empowering girls and women is something we can all admire. As we celebrate Deaf History Month, let us also remember Juliette's contributions to the deaf community and her inspiring legacy.