Local girls weigh in on 'Ban Bossy' campaign

Campaign aims to empower girls to lead

A campaign to ban the word “bossy” is now underway, launched by the chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg.

Sandberg said the word is used as a negative put-down, and discourages girls from becoming leaders.

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“It really hurts people. It lowers their self-esteem,” said Alyson Newton, one of the girls attending the Martinez Street Women’s Center Girls Got Game Spring Break camp. “I think that, maybe we could use a different word to show the characteristics of someone who is trying to take leadership.”

While many of the girls attending the camp said they’ve been called bossy before, some don’t seem to mind.

“We shouldn't erase it, because it's also letting us know that we're not doing our job correctly, as being a leader,” said Natalie Castillo, 12, who is also attending the camp. “Even though we don't want to hear that, we still need our constructive criticism.”

Sandberg is joining forces with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Girls Scouts USA CEO Anna Marie Chavez, to launch the “Ban Bossy” campaign.

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