In honor of Women’s History Month, the Girl Scouts of the USA partnered with Tricia Messeroux, founder of Toddlewood, to celebrate the extraordinary women who’ve come before us in a truly dynamic way. So in addition to talking about women who’ve blazed trails, set records, and broke barriers, they gave 11 Girl Scouts the opportunity to be transformed into some of history’s greatest pioneers and icons as part of an inspiration-packed photo shoot.
Each of the girls, all Girl Scouts from the New York area who were selected after submitting an application to participate, were styled to resemble notable women from the past and present, including Amelia Earhart, Dr. Mae Jemison, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Celia Cruz, Madam C.J. Walker, Lucille Ball, Whoopi Goldberg, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Juliette Gordon Low.
“The reason we focused on these women was because we wanted super recognizable women who reflected the same diversity in backgrounds and endeavors as our organization,” a representative for the Girl Scouts of the USA explained to WYSK in an email.
Of her participation in the project, Tricia said on her Toddlewood blog, “My hope is to not only enlighten young girls about who blazed the trails, but also to encourage girls of all shapes, sizes and ethnic backgrounds to continue the legacy and perhaps make their own history.”
See all the inspiring transformations below and learn about each of these women you should know…
Madam C. J. Walker
learn more about America’s first female self-made millionaire
Dr. Mae Jemison
learn more about the first African American woman to travel in space
learn more about the lawyer turned politician, who was the first woman to receive the presidential nomination from a major political party, and served as U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator (NY), first lady of the United States, as well as first lady of Arkansas
Juliette Gordon Low
learn more about the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA
learn more about the Grammy, Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award-winner
learn more about the pioneering comedic actress and the first woman to own a major television studio
learn more about the pioneering aviator
learn more about the legendary “Queen of Salsa”
learn more about the political scientist, diplomat and the 66th U.S. Secretary of State
Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson (a recreation of the Hidden Figures movie poster)
learn more about these three brilliant women of NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in space history
Watch: Behind The Scenes At The Photo Shoot