Folks, today’s the one year anniversary of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, LeanIn.Org. For the anniversary, the Girl Scouts are launching a public service campaign to Ban Bossy, an effort to encourage all girls to lead.
Over the past twenty-eight years I’ve been quietly supporting women’s groups, just proceeding on what feels like the right thing to do. And this campaign seems like the real deal.
Sheryl Sandberg explained the campaign:
“When little boys lead, we call them ‘leaders.’ But when little girls lead, they risk being labeled ‘bossy.’ These negative messages have a real impact; by middle school, girls are less interested in leadership roles than boys – a trend that continues into adulthood.
Ban Bossy aims to change this by generating the awareness we need to stop discouraging – and start encouraging – girls to lead. Please join us at BanBossy.com.”
As a nerd who also has (insert some large number) nieces it’s real important that young girls are encouraged to take on roles of leadership. It’s really all about fairness. Treat people like you want to be treated. Personally, I feel that life should be fair, that everyone gets a chance to be heard, and maybe to help run things.
Sure, life isn’t fair, but that won’t slow me down. A nerd’s gotta do what a nerd’s gotta do.
Here are some ways you can help support the Ban Bossy campaign:
- Pledge to Ban Bossy by hitting red “I will Ban Bossy” button on the homepage.
- Use the hashtag, #banbossy, to talk about the campaign on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow @LeanInOrg and @GirlScouts for more info.
- Check out these tips – just a few everyday things we can do to support women and girl’s leadership.
- Share the Ban Bossy PSA:
As Charles Malik said, “The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.”