Special Report

50 Famous Women Who Were Once Girl Scouts

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35. Gloria Steinem
> Occupation: Author, Journalist

Gloria Steinem is more than an author and journalist — she has also been an entrepreneur and a feminist activist throughout her career. She co-founded New York Magazine and Ms. magazine and helped launch the Women’s Action Alliance, the Women’s Media Center and Voters for Choice. Activism is in Steinem’s DNA — her paternal grandmother, Pauline Perlmutter Steinem, was chairwoman of the educational committee of the National Woman Suffrage Association. The Girl Scout curriculum praises Steinem for moving “sisterhood to where it is today.”

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34. Madeleine Albright
> Occupation: Politician

Madeleine Albright was born Marie Korbel in Prague. Her family fled Czechoslovakia following the Nazi occupation in 1939. She has achieved success in academia, politics, and diplomacy. From 1993 to 1997, Albright was the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and a member of the president’s cabinet. Albright then became the first female secretary of state — and the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at that time. The two other female secretaries of state who followed Albright were also Girl Scout alums.

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33. Nancy Reagan
> Occupation: Former First Lady of the U.S.

New Yorker Nancy Reagan achieved fame as a Hollywood actress. She married fellow actor Ronald Reagan and then became first lady of California and first lady of the United States. While in the White House, Reagan championed drug abuse awareness and founded the “Just Say No” initiative. She later was an advocate for Alzheimer’s sufferers after her husband developed the disease. Like all first ladies, Reagan was honorary National President of the Girl Scouts during her time at the White House.

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32. Chelsea Clinton
> Occupation: Author

As the only child of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chelsea has been in the public eye throughout her life. As an adult, she has worked for a consulting firm, a hedge fund, NBC, and the Clinton Foundation. She has also been an advocate for global health issues. Like her mother, Chelsea Clinton was a Girl Scout. Speaking at a Girl Scout event in Massachusetts, she said she learned from Scouts “the value of teamwork and everything that we girls can do when we work together.”

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31. Blythe Danner
> Occupation: Actress

Actress Blythe Danner has enjoyed success in film, theater, and television. She is also known as the mother of Gwyneth Paltrow. Danner won a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in “Butterflies Are Free” and appeared in films such as “The Great Santini,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Meet the Parents,” and “Meet the Fockers.” Both she and her daughter were Girl Scouts.