If your Girl Scout troop was cooking and sewing that wasn't because of the Girl Scout organization it was because of your troop leaders. I was a brownie and Girl Scout in the 80s we never did that once, my mom was my troop leader. Girl Scouts and brownies now definitely do not do that either.
I moved during my time in the Girl Scouts and it was the same type of programming in my new troop--home ec types of activities. I even earned a housekeeping badge as a Junior. If there were badges for housekeeping, then that informed what the council/troop could present as meeting activities. This wasn't due to rogue troop leaders.
I used to love to pore over the badge book with its colorful badges. It was frustrating for me to see the activities on the badges, like canoeing and hiking and never having the opportunity to do those things as a troop to earn those badges. Don't get me wrong. it's never a bad thing to learn how to mend something or to cook a simple meal. To me, having these types of activities meeting after meeting felt like I was being put into box that I desperately wanted to break out of. I don't agree with the Boy Scout's change in policy, but I can see why it would appeal to some girls.