“Ban Bossy”


Carolyn Fenerty, Writer

The Girl Scouts have recently begun to encourage ending the use of the word “Bossy.” The campaign, called Lean In, is led by Sheryl Sandberg.

“I understand where they’re coming from,” says Rose Determan, “But I think that banning the world won’t solve the problem.”

The argument for “Ban Bossy” is that, while boys who take charge are praised for leadership and being assertive, girls are dismissed as bossy. This, according to the Girl Scouts, sends a message to girls and discourages them from speaking up.

Olivia Pavao shared her opinion.

“It’s a double standard. When a girl’s being a leader, she’s called a b*tch, but a guy’s being assertive. Banning the word isn’t going to solve the problem, but it’s a good first step,” said Pavao.

Celebrities like Beyoncé and Jane Lynch have joined the mission, speaking out for women’s leadership in videos such as the above Lifetime PSA.