Empower, Don’t 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.

Whilst I appreciate the sentiment towards the next generation of girls, I strongly believe that banning the word bossy is quite simply stupid.
Why on earth would you even come up with such a concept?

The word bossy has been around for yonks and many women have been and continue to step into leadership positions.
So what is the problem, Sheryl Sandberg?
Why do you insist on raising a campaign to ban a word?!
Why are celebrities and people with money… power (used loosely), trying to ban bossy?

Why not focus your energies on setting up a campaign encouraging our girls to want to strive for leadership positions?
Why not encourage them to believe  in themselves?
Why not encourage our girls to be true to who they are and teach them the importance of self- confidence and self- worth?
Why waste time and effort trying to ban a word?
It’s a word for goodness sake. A word.
And with a support system around them, these girls, these children (and even adults) are supported and encouraged to not let words or people hold them back.

If I’m honest I think “I’m not bossy… I’m the boss” is the silliest quote if ever there was one.
To be a boss implies that you are ‘bossy’ to some degree, no?
And if you are bossy in a situation then are you not asserting that you are ‘boss’ in some way, shape or form?
Rather than attempting to ban bossy, a perfectly okay word in language, teach the girls that asserting themselves is okay; teach them to face their fears head on and not shy away from a word a few women with money deem demoralising.

This feels like some politically correct party gone mad and I for one will not be a part of something so nonsensical.
Again, rather than attempting to ban bossy why not focus your energies on a campaign to encourage girls to strive for leadership positions… encourage them to be confident in their abilities… encourage them to love themselves; empower them.

Empower, don’t ban bossy.

@MissVenShaw 

 

Attached are three images taken from the Ban Bossy website where a number of graphics contain “facts, tips and quotes”.
I’ve included three below and I feel that they refer to my main point: rather than attempting to ban bossy why not focus your energies on a campaign to encourage girls to strive for leadership positions… encourage them to be confident in their abilities… encourage them to love themselves; empower them.

You don’t need to ban bossy to encourage girls to strive.
You simply need to support them. We need to support them and let them know what they’re worth.

Empower, don’t ban bossy.

Ban Bossy Michelle Obama

Ban Bossy Arne Duncan

Ban Bossy Parents

 

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