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Welcome to SISTERHOOD. IT’S FOUND IN THOSE SPECIAL moments of real connection you experience with girlfriends, your mother, sisters, aunts, and female cousins (and, yes, your Girl Scout sisters!)—and all the connections you will experience with all the girls and women you have yet to meet! Sisterhood isn’t just hanging out with good female friends. It’s not just sharing a joke or confiding in someone you trust. Sisterhood is so much deeper than that. It’s an authentic connection you feel when you and other females relate to one another on a level you all recognize in your gut as being different and apart from even those connections you share with others dear to you. These sisterhood moments may spring from something serious, such as a shared concern, or they may be triggered by something silly. Either way, the moment, and the connection it carries, is significant and heartfelt. That’s why sisterhood can offer so much to your life, and your story. A sisterhood moment has the power to make you feel good—about yourself and your place in the world. Collectively, sisterhood moments expand your potential and give you the power to see your own life story. And as you grow your story, you can better shape the story for all women and girls. Sisterhood is an expanding spiral that starts with you and then circles out! o 5
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Sisterhood Time Capsule With a friend or with your group, gather together some news stories (online or newspapers) about sisterhood issues you care about. You might find stories about: o a girl who experienced dating violence. o the daughter of a financially strapped single parent who has to take on all the household chores. o young girls denied education in developing countries. o girls facing discrimination in classrooms or on sports fields. 60
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Something to Try with Your Circle Imagine putting these stories in a time capsule that will be unearthed by a future generation of Girl Scout Seniors. How do you envision these sisterhood stories influencing and inspiring girls over future decades? Is the story of sisterhood better? In what way? Maybe you and your friends want to organize a multiregional Time Capsule event to better understand how perspectives vary on the most important sisterhood issues of the day. You’ll learn what other girls put in their time capsules and how your concerns are similar to or different from those of girls in other regions. If you find recurring issues or themes, perhaps you can band together to get some change going on a larger scale. Doing a Sisterhood Time Capsule is also a great way to find a sisterhood issue toward your award! 61
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Random Act of Sisterhood! Leave a favorite friendship book in a place that teen girls frequent (a locker room at school, for example) with a note that says, “If you are a teen girl: Read me, then pass me on.” In the front of the book, include a link to a Web page you might have created, where girls who read the book are invited to log on, review the book, and tell a story about friendship. (They can also share where they found the book and where they might leave it for the next person.) Three books to consider: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd Try This for Fun! Circle Journal 64 A circle journal is another great way to keep your sisterhood growing— and one of the easiest ways to grow it around the world. It’s basically a journal that two or more people pass back and forth, with each person contributing her own entries. A circle journal is a fun and creative way to get to know other people and issues of importance to them. Consider identifying a global sisterhood issue and creating a circle journal to support it. Think of the collective power you can harness if you share a concern globally! You’ll learn what issues girls in other regions care about. If you find recurring issues, perhaps you can band together to get some change going on a larger scale. By reaching out to other girls in this way, you are being a sister to girls you don’t even know.