Mathematicians Involved with Girl Scouts
AWM's Newsletter Editor Anne Leggett
AWM's Executive Director Magnhild Lien
Marion D. Cohen
By the time I was a Girl Scout I was extremely interested in mathematics and astronomy, which were inseparable in my perception. The Girl Scouts didn't have a math badge, but they did offer an astronomy badge. Mother convinced the local Girl Scout council that she was qualified to coach my troop in the astronomy badge, so for a while it met at our home in the evenings. In those days a girl couldn't earn a badge unless her entire troop did (which Mother thought was very odd), but Mother and I worked hard together to teach my fellow-scouts, and we succeeded. They and I earned the badge.
Ruth Stauffer McKee (1910-1992) was
involved with Girl Scouts. She was a student of Emmy
Noether and she worked for the Joint State Government
Commission of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It
was on a Girl Scout trip in 1953 that she discovered the job
opening that would develop into her fascinating career
was a Girl Scout through the end of high school. She
received the curved bar rank.