Tool For Tuesday Via Sheryl Sandberg: Ban Bossy.

 “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.”

Ban Bossy. That is the slogan of a new campaign and it’s a great message for all gals of all agesCheck out the great youtube video here starring Beyonce and Jane Lynch. The idea is part of LeanIn.Org, the nonprofit organization founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, to empower all women to achieve their ambitions and follow their dreams.

Tool for Tuesday: I’m not bossy. I’m the boss of my own life. Not anyone else’s but my own.

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About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is a writer living in northern Israel whose novel, A Remarkable Kindness, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in August. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, and other publications. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.
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5 Responses to Tool For Tuesday Via Sheryl Sandberg: Ban Bossy.

  1. My granddaughter has a tee-shirt I love: YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME. I’M THE BOSS OF ME. She’s a great girl and doesn’t use this to argue with her parents or teachers, but to remind herself that she is who she is and not just who others think she should be. I certainly didn’t have a tee-shirt like that when I was ten!

    • dianabletter says:

      Your granddaughter has the right idea! She’s the boss of herself. Thanks for sharing, Marylin! Go, Grace (isn’t that her name?)

  2. Diana, it doesn’t seem quite fair that girls are bossy and boys are assertive. Looks like LeanIn.org has the right idea. Thanks for enlightening me. 🙂

  3. Pingback: Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg on Why Empowering Women Boosts Families, Economy | womensociety.info

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