The Girl Scouts of Sweatshops?
No, they’re not the Earth Scouts. But if you compare the Girl Scouts of America to the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts come out ahead is some important respects. The Girl Scouts of America do not mandate that kids swear an oath before God; the Boy Scouts of America do. The Girl Scouts of America do not discriminate in membership or leadership on the basis of religion or sexual orientation; the Boy Scouts do. And while the Boy Scouts of America have their uniforms made in sweatshops in China, the Girl Scouts of America have their uniforms made in the United States where labor and wage laws protect workers.
This may change. The Girl Scouts of America has announced that it is seeking new bids for its uniforms, including bids from China. The U.S. Department of Labor has determined that child labor and forced labor are prevalent in China. Goods made in China are cheap because they are made in polluting, degrading sweatshops.
If you don’t think the Girl Scouts of America should be turning itself into the Girl Scouts of Sweatshops, then please write a letter today to Barry Horowitz, the Vice President and General Manager for Merchandise for the Girl Scouts of America. Horowitz said that there has been no final decision, which means that there is still time to make a difference.
Vice President and General Manager for Merchandise
Girl Scouts of America
420 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10018