The women we are honoring during Women’s History Month fought for our country, led political movements and started businesses. Many did so in the face of threats to their own safety and vicious personal attacks. Being called bossy would have been the least of their worries.
But what is the latest effort launched to encourage girls to achieve? Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, and Anna Maria Chávez, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts, have partnered to launch a campaign to ban an adjective — bossy. Rather than trying to ban words that some might find offensive, women’s groups should promote leadership skills, including developing a thick skin.