Calling Girls This Word May Seem Harmless — But Why Are Boys Never Called It?

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For every girl who holds back from raising her hand in class, who stops herself from raising her voice, or who doubts herself and what she's capable of: This video is for you.

For the rest of you reading this? Well, if you find yourself using the word in the video to describe young girls, I hope these girls — who are at the age where studies have shown girls' self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys — remind you that words matter.

Now, girls: Speak up, take the lead, and let's run this world.

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Here’s why I will not lead the defense that proves innocence.

Where I won’t be pass a bill that alters the course of history.

Or design a building that reaches the skyline.

I won’t ask the questions that change the whole conversation.

Here’s where I will start to doubt myself.

Here is where I will start being interrupted.

Here’s where I will stop raising my hand.

Here’s where my voice will get drowned out.

Here’s where I was called stubborn . . .

. . . pushy . . .

. . . know-it-all . . .

. . . aggressive . . .

. . . bossy . . .

Here’s where I will change it all.

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This awesome video was made by Lean In, a non-profit organization, which you can follow on Twitter. Calling all women, men, boys, and girls: Join Sheryl Sandberg, Condoleezza Rice, and Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chavez to take the pledge to Ban Bossy ---> www.banbossy.com.

"We need to get rid of the word 'bossy' and bring back the word 'feminist,'" Sandberg said onstage at TEDWomen in December 2013. Just a little reminder of how awesome Sheryl is.

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