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New campaign to ban "B" word

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The word "bossy" could soon be making its way out of everyday conversation.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook has launched a campaign, along with some big names to ban the word "bossy."

Beyonce, Condeleeza Rice, Jennifer Garner and Jane Lynch are among some of the celebrities that have also joined the campaign.

The campaign states, "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. My middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys--a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead."

Local soroptimist member Rhonda Flower thinks there is legitimacy behind these claims.
"You know, it's interesting that they've done research and young girls in particular would rather be liked rather than be a leader and I think just the nature of society as whole that when we see women or girls in a leadership position, they are labeled with titles such as 'bossy' or 'aggressive,' or another 'B' word that may be used to apply."

Sandberg says she hopes that utilizing people who influence youth will spark the change we need.

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