This morning, one of the Advocate! members posted a link to an article wrote by Lucy Mangan for Stylist magazine. It was quite similar to the article slating Girlguides from the Daily Mail.
It mentioned our now 'girly' approach to Guiding, and like anticipated, it got a lot of attention. Girlguide leaders HATE reading articles like that, as an organisation they provide SO much more and I wish the article had of been about praising the Girlguides.
My wish was granted :)
I tweeted Stylist magazine saying 'Lucy Mangan's article on Girlguides is a more boring version of the Daily Mail's article' and 'Shouldn't you be praising the amazing young women that have benefited from Girlguides?'
Stylist magazine tweeted me back saying: ' We were Girl Guides ourselves! And loved it. And we celebrated Agnes Baden-Powell for her work last year: http://bit.ly/GYDXxM' and 'That is a great idea - perhaps we could ask our followers to tweet how the Guides helped/inspired them?'
This is exactly what happened! Using the hash tag - #beingaguide. Lots of Guides contributed to this twitter thread, Stylist magazine actually posted a new article.. http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/being-a-girl-guide-your-stories#image-rotator-1' - SUCCESS! :D
The old article is still existent but not on the front page of their website: http://www.stylist.co.uk/people/lucy-mangan/even-the-girl-guides-is-kowtowing-to-the-modern-world#image-rotator-1
Girlguiding UK and WAGGGS encouraged their members to contribute to the twitter trend via Facebook and Twitter - so glad I spoke up & tweeted them! :)