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Banning "Bossy" and Stopping Sexism at School

Have you noticed #banbossy trending online or seen the #banbossy video starring Beyoncé? Created by and the Girl Scouts, the Ban Bossy campaign calls attention to the double standard that prevents girls from being assertive without being labeled “bossy.” According to, studies show that girls are twice as likely as boys to worry that leadership roles will make them seem “bossy.” Another study found that, between elementary and middle school, girls’ self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys’. The Ban Bossy campaign encourages girls to take practical steps, like talking confidently and not apologizing for speaking up in class. Today’s teens can overcome the stereotypes that prevent girls from developing leadership skills. Those skills are essential for success in college and the workplace.

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