Can you think of one word that is rarely used to describe boys but may change the life of a girl forever?
While you’re thinking, watch this:
The word is “bossy,”
and it has more weight behind it that you might imagine.
“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,” explains the Ban Bossy Campaign by Leanin.org, a nonprofit organization founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to empower all women to achieve their ambitions.
Here are a few other striking facts from Ban Bossy:
- Between elementary and high school, girls’ self–esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys’.
- Girls are twice as likely as boys to worry that leadership roles will make them seem “bossy.”
- Girls are called on less and interrupted more in classrooms.
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