Girl Scouts: Don’t call girls ‘bossy’

Ban Bossy campaign. (WDTN Photo)
Ban Bossy campaign. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – It is the word one group says is used too often when it comes to girls and they think using it less will help them become better leaders.

The campaign is known as Ban Bossy.

Being bossy or being brave. One group says which one you use can have an impact on how girls develop into leaders.

“As soon as you tell a girl she’s bossy, you lower her confidence and see the demeanor change in her body,” said Darlene Langhout, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio presented their Ban Bossy campaign to a Hot Topics Coffee Talk hosted by Women In Business Networking Friday.

Those with the Girl Scouts say girls are 25 percent less likely than boys by middle school to say they want to lead.

They think part of the reason for that is because girls are often called bossy for doing things that get boys praised as leaders.

“Bossy is used typically used when you’re talking about girls who have a little more assertiveness and it’s not typically used for boys.”

The Girl Scouts say there are other things that can be done aside from banning bossy that will help girls improve their leadership skills.

“Simple things that we call it acts of assertivness that will really build their confidence as time goes on.”

You can find more tips on ways to help girls become better leaders at the Ban Bossy web site. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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