Why Beyoncé And Victoria Beckham Want To Ban ‘Bossy’

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  • Influential women are teaming up to encourage young girls to be leaders - and to stop them from being branded 'bossy'

    Beyoncé, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Garner, Diane von Furstenberg and Michelle Obama all know what it’s like to be called ‘bossy.’

    And they think it’s time we ban that word for good.

    Those influential women are just a few of the celebrities who’ve joined the new Ban Bossy campaign, which was established by LeanIn.org.

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg started the initiative to encourage young girls to be ambitious. The Ban Bossy website explains: ‘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.’

    Victoria Beckham tweeted her support for the campaign yesterday, sharing a graphic of her Ban Bossy quote. ‘Encourage girls to lead,’ she wrote. ‘Join me today: http://banbossy.com x vb.’


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