Founded in 1915, the Bahamas Girl Guides Association recently kicked-off its centennial commemoration at Government House with a programme of appreciation and celebration.
The Association has done extraordinary work over the past 100 years, helping to mould many generations of Bahamian girls and young women. Thousands of women, many at the most senior levels of the country, were deeply influenced by their membership in Girl Guides.
The Girl Guides movement, inclusive of Sunflowers, Brownies, Girl Guides and Rangers helped to develop confidence and foster a sense of the possible among scores of Bahamian females.
A Guiding song celebrating this sense of the possible is, “Can a Woman?”, which was sung at the launch of the centennial celebrations, its lyrics highlighting the advancement of women:
“Can a woman fly an airplane?
Yes, she can, yes she can!
Can a woman build a building?
Yes, she can, yes she can!”
The song asks if a woman can be a drummer or a doctor, or fix an engine, as well as do and achieve many other things. The resounding chorus throughout is, “Yes, she can, yes she can!”