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Have you heard of the new campaign spearheaded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg urging people to stop calling girls/women “bossy?” Lean In, Sandberg’s nonprofit founded to “empower all women to achieve their ambitions” and Girl Scouts of the USA have teamed up to ban the word bossy and encourage girls to lead. According to the Ban Bossy website:
“When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead.”
Beyond convincing people to stop using the word bully, the campaign is designed to encourage women to raise their hands at work, demand recognition for their accomplishments and ultimately make strides in closing the pay and leadership gap between men and women in the workplace.
Growing up, I was constantly labeled as “bossy” – at family get-togethers, in school group projects, by boyfriends – and at 30 years old I still feel it’s part of my identity. But it’s good to be a leader and ambitious and opinionated; and we should encourage girls to raise their hands and speak up.
I just signed the pledge to #BanBossy and encourage you to do the same. Being labeled something matters, words matter and, as Beyonce says, “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.”
Posted by Miranda