“Bossy”

Do you ever hear boys get called “bossy”?

Or is it that they’re being “assertive” or a “leader”?

We need to be careful with the language we use. My sister found an old magazine from 2003 that asked girls if they would describe themselves as “bossy”. 

She raised an interesting point. Did the magazine writers know girls they would describe as “bossy” and “snobby” or did this say more about the views of the magazine writers?

As we see societal norms begin to change, we all have a responsibility to recognise and call out everyday sexism.

It’s important because what we learn or hear as young children stays with us.

We have the opportunity to teach the next generation and those around us about who can be a leader.

That is anyone who decides to step up, speak out and make a difference, no matter what how they identify themselves.