Special Report

50 Famous Women Who Were Once Girl Scouts

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30. Laura Bush
> Occupation: Former First Lady of the U.S.

Texas native Laura Bush was first lady when her husband, George W. Bush, was president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. She began her career as a teacher and has campaigned for education, literacy, and women’s issues. She also created the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, which provides financial support to needy schools. Bush was honorary National President of the Girl Scouts during her husband’s presidency and said of the organization, “Girl Scouts has the perfect approach to reaching girls worldwide. The world is a better place because of Girl Scouts.”

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29. Tammy Duckworth
> Occupation: Politician and Former U.S. Army Colonel

Former Girl Scout Tammy Duckworth is the junior U.S. senator for Illinois. She previously served in the military for 23 years, flew combat missions in Iraq, and lost her legs when her helicopter was shot down. After retiring from the military as a lieutenant colonel, Duckworth served as assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a senator, she has been an advocate for veterans issues and campaigned against waste and fraud in defense spending. She thanked the Girl Scouts on Twitter “for teaching me leadership skills I use in the Senate everyday.”

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28. Sandra Day O’Connor
> Occupation: Former Supreme Court Justice

Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, O’Connor ruled on several landmark cases involving women’s issues, including gender discrimination in education, abortion rights, and sexual harassment. Since retiring in 2006 she has been an advocate for youth involvement in civics and government. When she turned 85, an Arizona Girl Scouts troop introduced the Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Leadership Badge in honor of the former Girl Scout.

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27. Marlo Thomas
> Occupation: Actress

Marlo Thomas, the actress best known for her starring role on the sitcom “That Girl,” also is the creator of the book, record album, and television show “Free to Be… You and Me.” Thomas also works on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was founded by her father Danny Thomas. Her husband, Phil Donahue, also has had a highly successful career in television. A former Girl Scout, Thomas continues to be a supporter of the organization.

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26. Dionne Warwick
> Occupation: Singer

Former Girl Scout Dionne Warwick is one of the most successful R&B and pop singers in history. In a career spanning more than 50 years she has collaborated with artists such as Burt Bacharach, Cyndi Lauper, and Jamie Foxx, hosted infomercials for the Psychic Friends Network, and been an entrepreneur in business.