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Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:51 AM

Im 10. And I Want Girls to Raise Their Hands...by By ALICE PAUL TAPPER (Jake Tapper's daughter)



By ALICE PAUL TAPPER

Last year on a fourth-grade field trip, I noticed that all the boys stood in the front and raised their hands while most of the girls politely stayed in the back and were quiet. It made me upset.

On the car ride home I told my mom about what happened. We talked about how it seemed unfair and how boys and girls should be equal. My mom talks to me a lot about womenís rights and how women are treated differently.

I told my mom that I thought girls werenít raising their hands because they were afraid that the answer was going to be wrong and that they would be embarrassed. I also think they were being quiet because the boys already had the teacherís attention, and they worried they might not be able to get it. My mom and I decided that we should take the experience to my Girl Scout troop.

We talked about it as a troop. All 12 girls in our troop said this was a problem they also noticed and we talked about how we could improve it. I suggested that we create a Girl Scout patch that would encourage girls to raise their hands in class and be more confident about using our voices. The other girls loved the idea, and they had other suggestions. As a troop we decided to go the local council, Girl Scouts Nationís Capital, which represents more than 62,000 girls in the Greater Washington, D.C., region, to present our idea.

We decided to call it the Raise Your Hand patch. Its message is that girls should have confidence, step up and become leaders by raising our hands.

As with every patch in Girl Scouts, you have to earn this one. To get it, a scout needs to pledge to raise her hand in class and recruit at least three other girls who promise to do the same. As of this week, troops across the country can order the Raise Your Hand patch. Iím proudly wearing mine.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/31/opinion/im-10-and-i-want-girls-to-raise-their-hands.html

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Reply Im 10. And I Want Girls to Raise Their Hands...by By ALICE PAUL TAPPER (Jake Tapper's daughter) (Original post)
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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 03:05 AM

1. Brava, Alice Paul!

You give me faith in the next generation. And Girl Scouts rule!


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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 03:56 AM

2. I am reading this with...

...tears in my eyes. What a strong spirit! Good job, Mom and Dad Tapper.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 04:03 AM

3. Girl Scouts Rule!

I was shy, but I was always raise my hand. Always did.

This is just great. I love the Raise Your Hand patch idea. Just brilliant.

Even a lot of grown women are afraid to raise their hands. It's a matter of raising it once and forcing yourself to raise it again. You have to try and do it. After a while, with a little practice, it gets easier.

Just my two cents. What a great idea. The Raise Your Hand patch.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 07:56 AM

4. She's living up to her namesake!

I would very proud of her as a parent.

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