Let’s Ban Bossy

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Interview with Condoleezza Rice, Sheryl Sandberg and Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez,

from Parade Magazine,

This powerful trio, who on the cover of Parade sport their “Ban Bossy” buttons, aim to change the conversation about girls and leadership. Ninth grader Sheryl Sandberg wasn’t shy about raising her voice. But the message she got from a faculty adviser didn’t praise that trait. “She’s too aggressive, too bossy,” the teacher said. “You don’t want to be bossy.”

Luckily, Sandberg didn’t listen. One year after the publication of her best-selling book Lean In, the Facebook COO, 44, joins with two of America’s most dynamic leaders, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, 59, and Anna Maria Chávez, 45, the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, to launch a public service campaign. Their goal? To ban the word bossy, a negative label they say is too often applied to young girls, and one of the many ways they are discouraged from speaking up.

Read excerpts from their conversation with Parade and be sure to check out the full story in this weekend’s issue.

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