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Ban Bossy

Together we can encourage girls to lead.

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.

How To Use Ban Bossy With Your Girl Scouts

92 percent of girls believe they can learn the skills required to lead—yet only 21 percent believe they already possess them. Use our learning packets to teach the girls in your life how to embrace their leadership qualities.

Let's Ban Bossy Together

As part of Ban Bossy, Girl Scouts of the USA and LeanIn.org have teamed up in partnership with Lifetime television to create a PSA that points out that girls are discouraged from taking leadership roles because of labeling and name-calling.