Juliette Low was a very patriotic woman. It was a motivating factor for much of what she did her entire life, influencing her travel, her friendships, her reading, her artistic preferences, her charitable activities, and especially, of course, her dedication to Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.
Girl Scouts, like Girl Guides, had been very active in war work, and Daisy was justly proud of them all. But once the U.S Congress actually declared war, Daisy’s relief spilled out in a creative way. She thought Girl Scouts should wear their patriotism for all the world to see. In typical fashion, she conjured up a highly dramatic way for this to be done: a cape with a star-spangled lining.
Ultimately, this commendably patriotic idea had to be abandoned, because literally wearing the flag of the United States was deemed inappropriate. I mention this cape in Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts, but there’s no photo of her drawing, so when you read the book you’ll now be able to imagine precisely what she meant!
Juliette Gordon Low to Montague Gammon, 14 April 1917, National Historic Preservation Center, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., New York.