Event, Politics, Women's History

Girls & Boys Come Out to Play?

‘Some [Girl Guide] accounts eulogize girls who were models of patience. One girl who had to lie in bed all the time made friends with the birds who flew in. In 1946, Daphne was presented with the ‘Badge of Fortitude’. She spent all her life in a plaster bed but could still do gardening from her spinal chair was ‘the friend of all the children in the neighourhood’. Nevertheless, pictures and stories of girls [with a disability] at camp also emphasized the value of the outdoor smells, sounds and relative freedom to blind girls, or how ‘”higher-grade”’ defectives’ were almost the same as other Guides, and badge requirements should remain the same …’