When the folks from SheKnows and Domestic Feminist saw “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg’s #BanBossy campaign, they were intrigued. They also had lots of conversations about whether it’s effective to ban words or “own” them.

So, they decided to ask a group of 8-and 9-year-old girls what “bossy” meant to them. What the girls said #BossyIs might surprise you.

“Whatever the words, we should be equipping girls with the tools to cope with whatever stands in the way of their dreams and goals.” – SheKnows

To further this conversation, Domestic Feminist and SheKnows are encouraging viewers to ask the girls in their life about the word “bossy” and share their response.

You can use the questions they asked, or think of your own:

  • What does bossy mean to you?
  • What would you do if someone called you bossy?
  • How is being a leader different from being bossy?
  • Can both boys and girls be bossy?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

Share their responses on social media using the #BossyIs hashtag.