Rep. Maloney Announces State of the Union Guest

Feb 4, 2019
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) announced today that she will be taking Sydney B. Ireland as her guest to the State of the Union Address. Sydney is a high school student who is already breaking barriers for girls and women. She successfully lobbied to join the Boy Scout Troops and is now fighting to be officially recognized as a member with a rank of Eagle Scout. Girls aged 5-10 were permitted into the Cub Scouts in September 2018. As of February 1, 2019, girls aged 11-17 are allowed into Boy Scouts, now called Scouts BSA.

“I’m so proud to take Sydney Ireland as my guest to the State of the Union,” said Rep. Maloney. “Sydney may be only 17 but she has already become a role model for anyone fighting for equal rights for women and girls, thanks to her efforts to convince the Boy Scouts last year to start allowing girls to join its ranks. Sydney helped take down a century-old barrier to equality and she is now fighting to be the first woman to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. As those of us in Congress and across the country work to finally guarantee women’s equality in the Constitution by passing the Equal Rights Amendment, I take inspiration from Sydney’s story and am heartened to know that the next generation is ready, willing and able to do what it takes to secure the equality everyone deserves.”

“I have been calling on Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to end discrimination and I am so excited that they are finally ended their ban on young women on February 1, 2019. We call on the BSA to count all of the Rank and Merit Badges that I and many other girls already completed before February 1. Now that the BSA finally ended the discriminatory ban against girls, they should now welcome young women,” said Sydney Ireland. “I look forward to the Boy Scouts immediately granting me and other qualified girls the official Eagle Scout recognition. As I said when I first began this journey, ‘I can’t change my gender to fit the Boy Scout standard, but the Boy Scouts can change their policies to let me in.’”

You can read more about Sydney’s advocacy, in her own words, here.