Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In and Facebook COO, and Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, both remember being called “bossy” when they were girls.

The two women recently wrote an article in The Wall Street Journal stressing that those words still tell girls: “Keep your voice down. Don’t raise your hand too much. Don’t lead.”

That’s why Sandberg and Chavez have launched a campaign to Ban Bossy. They suggest that we tell girls that they have “executive leadership skills.”

You can find more about the Ban Bossy campaign at