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Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana promote "Ban Bossy" campaign


The Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana want to change the way that many of us view women in leadership positions.

They're promoting "Ban Bossy" - a nationwide campaign.

It was started by Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. She says men in those roles are often called "leaders," but women are branded as "bossy."

Now, Sandberg is working with several big names and groups, including Girl Scouts USA, to get rid of what they're calling a negative connotation.

"The message is if you're a leader, it's not real attractive," says Director of Advancement Jill LaFountain. "So, we need to change those words so that girls can embrace it."

LaFountain says "bossy" may just be a word, but it's having a big impact on girls across the country.

LaFountain shared the following statistics with us that she says supports the "Ban Bossy" campaign.

Only 5% of women hold positions of CEO in "Fortune 500" companies.

Less than 19% of people in Congress are women, and less than 17% of people working at universities or major research institutions dealing with science and technology are women.

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