When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead.

Pledge to Ban Bossy.

Did you know?
  • The confidence
    gap starts early.

    Between elementary and high school, girls’
    self–esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys’.

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  • Bossy holds
    girls back.

    Girls are twice as likely as boys to worry that
    leadership roles will make them seem “bossy.”

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  • Girls get less
    airtime in class.

    They are called on less
    and interrupted more.

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Ban Bossy in Action

Lifetime and BBDO New York are committed to Ban Bossy. Watch their inspiring takes on why the messages we send our girls matter—
and what happens when we encourage our girls to raise their hands, sit at the table and lean in.

“I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.”

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