03.21.2014

BAN BØSSY


Ban Bossy is about helping girls flex their leadership muscles! 

Anna Maria Chávez, CEO Girl Scouts of the USA, has joined forces with LeanIn.org, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, and Condoleezza Rice, Former United States Secretary of State to kick off a public service campaign to encourage leadership and achievement in girls.

Girl Scouts want to partner with you, our troop leaders and parents to roll out this program through activities for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes called I-Statements. GSUSA has created a guide and video tutorial to help us facilitate this activity with confidence.

We are sharing the Ban Bossy landing page with all members of our council, directing them to “I-Statements: The Key to Conflict Resolution” and the video at the bottom of the page. Check it out yourself! The tutorial is the first of its kind and we think such instruction could be a great support for our volunteers and parents.

Why is a campaign like Ban Bossy so necessary? Consider this: boys are typically praised for their assertiveness, while girls who take on leadership roles are often labeled bossy. It's long past time that we end this practice. Girls who exhibit assertiveness and leadership qualities should receive the same positive reinforcement and hear the same praise as boys.

Ban Bossy is about coming together to empower girls to pursue leadership roles at home, at school, and in their lives by challenging people to stop using the word "bossy." With this campaign, Girl Scouts will deliver an important and long-overdue message-that girls are ready and able to lead and should be encouraged to do so-to girls, parents, and communities across the United States.

In order to help you prepare for the campaign and ensure its success, we're providing you with a bundle of useful assets that includes a media toolkit, a troop activity, and leadership tip sheets for troop leaders, girls, parents, and teachers. Make sure to check out the landing page link below.

If you would like more information on how to implement this program in your service unit or troop, please reach out to your field executive.  We would be delighted to partner with you.

Now let's get started!