Welcome, troop leaders!

When it comes to girls and ambition, the pattern is clear: girls are discouraged from leading. When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy”—one of the many ways we discourage girls from leading.

The girl with the courage to raise her hand becomes the woman with the confidence to assert herself at work. As troop leaders, there are small changes each of us can make that will have a big impact on girls’ confidence and ambitions.

Visit girlscouts.org/banbossy to discover more great resources to help girls flex their leadership muscles, including a short video for troop leaders as well as a guide to developing a Service Unit training in your community.

Here are 5 steps you can take today to Ban Bossy:

  • Pledge “I will #banbossy” and encourage girls to lead.

  • Download tips and activities for encouraging girls to flex their communication and leadership skills. Developed by Girl Scouts’ Chief Girl Expert.

    Download troop tips

  • Download a problem-solving activity—called G.I.R.L.—to use with any girl in your troop. Developed by The Girls Leadership Institute.

    Download G.I.R.L. activity

  • Check out our favorite “Ban Bossy” facts and quotes from the First Lady, our own Anna Maria Chavez, and more.

    Go to banbossy.com

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