Bossy (adj.): Inclined to domineer; dictatorial
Leader (adj.): A person who leads; guide
Which would you rather be called?
While most youth (82%) agree that girls and boys are equally good at being leaders, 52% also agree that “girls have to work harder than boys in order to gain positions of leadership.” (Source: GSUSA, Change It Up! What Girls Say About Redefining Leadership (2008))
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois has been invited to join Girl Scouts of the USA, the Lean In Foundation, and the new “BanBossy” campaign to investigate barriers to girls’ leadership, specifically the impact of the word “bossy” on girls’ desire to become leaders.
- Are girls more likely than boys to be called “bossy”?
- Do girls think that other girls are more bossy than boys?
- Has this turned them away from leadership opportunities?
- What other word(s) might be better to describe female leaders?
These are some of the questions that our local girls will have the opportunity to share their voice about. From January 29-February 7, up to 75 girls, ages 11-17, from GSEIWI will be randomly selected and invited to participate in a short national poll.
To be considered for future projects like this, girls of all ages can sign up now at www.GirlScoutVoices.org!
- GSUSA’s “Change It Up” report: GirlScouts.org/research/pdf/change_it_up_what_girls_say.pdf
- Lean In Foundation: LeanIn.org.
- Lean In founder, Sheryl Sandberg, discusses “bossy” at a TED Talk: Ted.com/talks/sheryl_sandberg_so_we_leaned_in_now_what.html?source=email#.UuB1XQCA8jJ.email