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USU Historian Called on to Explain Boy Scouts' Decision to Include Girls

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017


Tammy Proctor

USU History Professor Tammy Proctor was interviewed by The Atlantic on her expertise to explain one of the week's most sensational headlines: The Boy Scouts will begin to include girls.


Utah State University Professor Tammy Proctor is an authority on Girl Scouts and their history.

Now, a leading national magazine has called on her expertise to explain one of the week’s most sensational headlines: The Boy Scouts will begin to include girls.

Proctor was interviewed by The Atlantic for a story appearing Oct. 12. In a question-and-answer format, the historian explains the Boy Scouts’ motives – and why the Girl Scouts, who’ve worked for decades to forge their own way, are not thrilled.

Proctor, who heads the Department of History, is the author of Scouting for Girls: A Century of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (Praeger, 2009) and On My Honour: Guides and Scouts in Interwar Britain (American Philosophical Society, 2002). She’s also the co-editor of Scouting Frontiers: Youth and the Scout Movement’s First Century (Cambridge, 2009), which focuses on the organization’s transformation to an international phenomenon in the face of shifts in how we look at gender, race, class, religion and nationality.  

To read the story:
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/why-did-the-boy-scouts-decide-to-accept-girls/542769/

Contact: Tammy Proctor, tammy.proctor@usu.edu





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