Stop Calling Young Girls Bossy! Condoleezza Rice Launches New Female-Empowerment Campaign

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  • Just in time for Women’s History Month, three powerful female figures are teaming up to ban the word bossy, a negative label they say is too often applied to young girls.

    In a new public service campaign, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA Anna Maria Chávez empower girls of all ages to speak their mind and embrace leadership roles.

    The powerful trio explained why the cause is so dear to their hearts in the latest issue of Parade magazine. Sandberg said she was never shy about raising her voice, but teachers often said the trait wasn’t admirable. “She’s too aggressive, too bossy,” she recalled a faculty adviser telling her in the ninth grade. “You don’t want to be bossy.”

    Check out experts from the ladies’ conversation with Parade below and tell us your thoughts in the movement in the comment section!

    How they were encouraged to achieve in their careers.

    Condoleezza Rice: “My parents elected me president of the family when I was 4. … I would call meetings where we’d decide things like what color to paint the living room. As I got older, I realized that what my parents were doing was sending messages about leadership potential.”

    Anna Maria Chávez: “Instead of teaching me how to cook, my mother taught my brothers how to cook, and me how to run a board meeting.”

    Sheryl Sandberg: “I, too, had supportive parents who told me I could do everything. But the rest of the messages I got from society were pretty negative on leadership.”

    Would a female president help change the status quo?

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