ESP Biography

ELSIE BIRNBAUM, The Web's 7th Foremost Expert on the Girl Scouts

Major: Sociology and Data Science

College/Employer: Mount Holyoke College

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Elsie Birnbaum is a recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she was a double major in Sociology and Data Science with a focus in New Media Studies. She works as a video producer at a large tech company and volunteers with the Girl Scouts both as a Troop Leader and as a Museum Docent at Cedar Hill in Waltham, MA.

Past Classes

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P15105: Girl Scout Uniforms: 100 Years of Fashion History in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
Over the past 110 years, the Girl Scouts have had to walk a fine line in uniforming their members as the uniform had to be fashionable enough to appeal to scouts but not so avant garde as to worry their parents. Because of this the Girl Scout uniform provides an excellent case study in fashion trends with a new uniform nearly every decade and several uniforms designed by couture designers. This lecture will tell the story of the 20th century American women's fashion through looking at the evolution of the Girl Scout uniform.