After receiving backlash, the Girl Scouts of America clarified their stance on a now-deleted tweet congratulating Justice Amy Coney Barrett on her confirmation. Since then, a spokesperson said the organization has a “tradition” of honoring and promoting women in positions of power.
The organization deleted the tweet after backlash. Critics said Barrett didn’t promote the values of female empowerment. Deleting the tweet drew critics from the other side, saying the organization caved to pressure. Now a spokesperson for the organization spoke with Yahoo News to clarify their statement.
“We have a legacy of highlighting women who have risen to the top of their fields, including leaders of both political parties and our judicial branch,” the spokesperson said. The spokesperson said the organization wanted to honor Barrett as a woman in a position of power. But since then, people misinterpreted the post. “It was in this tradition that we congratulated Justice Barrett. This has been construed to be a political statement. But that was not our intention. And we removed the post to minimize the negative conversation.”
“For over 100 years we have and will continue to work for equality,” the spokesperson continued. “And to break down barriers for girls everywhere and support increasing the presence of women across all levels of government.”
Girl Scouts Deleted a Tweet Congratulating Amy Coney Barrett
On Oct. 28, the Girl Scouts initially congratulated Barrett on becoming a justice for the Supreme Court. The tweet featured an image of Barrett. It also featured past and present female justices including Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The original tweet said, “Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett. On becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789.”
After pressure from critics, the organization decided to delete the tweet as a result. The Girl Scouts also replaced the tweet with a statement saying the organization considers itself “non-political.” The organization said they never intended for the post to be a political statement.
“Earlier today, we shared a post highlighting the five women who have been appointed to the Supreme Court,” the organization tweeted. “It was quickly viewed as a political and partisan statement. Which was not our intent and we have removed the post… Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization. We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scout GREEN. We are here to lift up girls and women.”