Meet the Latest Twist On Girl Scouts: The Radical Monarchs
The traditions of sewing and homemaking in the history of Girl Scouts have inspired a new group to form. But the 'Radical Monarchs' choose to focus on social justice issues rather than cookie-selling, according to Women in the World.
Instead of dissecting "general girl culture," as noted in the Guardian's recent documentary about the Monarchs, they learn about issues that affect them directly as young women of color.
These conversations range from learning about self defense, to discussing themes of racial inequality, gentrification, disability justice, transphobia, and body image.
"Radical Monarchs exists because of this need for inclusion and this need for centering radical women of color’s narratives and stories," co-founder Anayvette Martinez told Buzzfeed. "Who do we need to bring in? Whose voice do they not hear enough of and who do they hear about all the time?"
The girls, whose ages range between 8 and 12, dress similarly to Girl Scouts, and their community involvement illuminates a strong commitment to social justice.
"For me it means fierce, strong, powerful," one of the girls said, referring to how she defines the word 'radical.'
The group was formed in 2014 in Oakland, Calif., and only hopes to continue growing in numbers.
Watch the full documentary below to find out more.
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