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.
- from www.banbossy.com
One of the main reasons I decided to turn my metal stamping hobby into a small business was the chance that a piece of my jewelry could reach out to a young girl and encourage her to find the modern-day princess inside. The part of herself that not only was strong and brave, but wasn't afraid to show it to the world. I wanted my daughters and girls like them to grow up confident in themselves and their ability to do whatever they put their minds to.
So when I came across mention of Ban Bossy, a public service campaign sponsored by groups like Lean In, the Girl Scouts, and many others (you can find a list here if you want to join me in supporting these pro-girl organizations! - http://banbossy.com/partners/), I was thrilled. Anything that promotes girl power definitely gets my vote. I knew I had to share it with as many people as possible.
Please check out the Ban Bossy website at the link below the quote. You'll find wonderful tips for girls, parents, teachers, managers and troop leaders. And take the time to spread the word. Tell everyone you know about it. The more support girls have, the more likely we can raise a generation of strong and confident women who know they are capable of anything and aren't afraid to lead!