little girlHow many of you have ever called your daughter the "B-word"? No, not that B-word, the other one: Bossy. It seems kind of cute, right? We all have our own little "bossy boots" running around the house.

The problem is, especially as girls grow up, being "bossy" is looked at as a bad thing. Yet we should be celebrating the traits that make our daughters (and ourselves) "bossy" ... confidence, imagination, assertiveness, ambition, independence, you get the gist.

Calling girls bossy is one of many things we do to discourage them from leading. Studies show that by middle school, fewer girls than boys believe they can be leaders. (No coincidence that girls are called "bossy" while boys are called "leaders.") Don't just take it from us -- listen to what girls themselves are saying.

We talked to the girls in our lives about what they think of the word "bossy" and what they'd rather be called. Here's what they had to say:

Please join The Stir in taking the “I will #banbossy” pledge and support LeanIn.Org and Girl Scout of the USA's 'Ban Bossy' campaign.

Ask the girls in your life what they'd rather be called and tweet, "I'm not bossy. I'm _____ #BanBossy @The_Stir @LeanInOrg @GirlScouts." Take part too, moms, and tell us what you'd rather be called.

All the young leaders in your life will thank you. 

Learn more about the Ban Bossy Campaign: Ban Bossy Campaign Wants to Change the World for Little Girls

Have you ever called your daughter bossy? Does this change how you think?