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Sheryl Sandberg wants to ban the word “bossy,” and she’s enlisted the help of a few big-named friends.
Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch, Condoleezza Rice and Diane von Furstenberg appear in a PSA for the Lean In Foundation campaign, released on Monday via YouTube. The video notes that by middle school, girls are less interested in leadership than boys because they’re afraid of the negatively-associated label.
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Additionally, NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chavez, and Sandberg herself appear in the Lifetime-donated PSA. At just over a minute long, the video shows Lynch commenting, “I think the word ‘bossy’ is just a squasher,” clutching her Glee character’s signature megaphone, and ends with Beyonce declaring, “I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.”
Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” campaign pairs the Facebook COO with Rice and Chavez in launching banbossy.com, a website with tools to help equip young girls with leadership skills and tips for parents and teachers to help them construct more positive and encouraging conversations about female leadership. The site also hosts an online pledge to ban the word.
Watch the video below:
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