10 Inspiring Celebrity Quotes on What It Means to Be a Little Girl AND a Leader​

Jeanne Sager | Mar 10, 2014 Tweens & Teens

Beyonce Ban BossyIf there's a little girl in your house, no doubt at some point she's tried to stick up for herself. But what word would you use to describe her when she does it? Be honest: have you called her bossy?

Maybe you'll be surprised to hear it, but when you plug "bossy" into a thesaurus, the words spat back at you are all negative: domineering, high-handed, domineering. Is that really what we think of our daughters just for sticking up for themselves? For having dreams? For speaking out?

Calling girls negative names for being leaders has gone on far too long, and powerful women around the world have had enough. Celebrity women who were called "bossy" when they were kids have signed on to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Ban Bossy Project to tell your girls that it's OK to be strong! 

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Have a daughter, niece, cousin or other little girl in your life who's been called bossy for being herself? Maybe the words of Jennifer Garner, Kate Couric, Michelle Obama, and other incredibly strong women will help her feel more secure in being ... her!

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  • Katie Couric Isn't Bossy


    What do you call the first solo female anchor of a weekday evening news program on one of the three traditional U.S. broadcast networks? Not bossy!

  • Jane Lynch's Message to Little Girls


    Emmy-winning actress and Glee star Jane Lynch was once a 10-year-old girl who wasn't sure if she should speak up for herself. Hard to believe, isn't it?

  • Victoria Beckham on Being 'Bossy'


    Victoria Beckham is a working mom of four with her own fashion line and a true inspiration ... and she STILL has to work against the old-fashioned notion that take-charge women are "bossy."

  • Michelle Obama Speaks to Girls


    Imagine telling the First Lady of the United States she was just "bossy?"

  • Jennifer Garner Wants to Hear You Roar


    Mother of three Jennifer Garner isn't going to let anyone put Violet and Seraphina in a corner!

  • Alicia Keys Won't Stand Down


    Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" is the perfect example of letting little girls know they DO have something to say.

  • Beyonce Is the Boss


    No doubt Blue Ivy will get good messages about being strong from mom Beyonce!

  • Jane Fonda Redefines 'Good Girl'


    Want to raise a "good girl?" Don't tell her that means she can't dream.

  • Tory Burch Overcomes Negativity


    You don't build a multi-million dollar fashion empire by listening to negative people who can't handle you being successful and female -- just ask Tory Burch.

  • Maria Shriver on Being Scared


    Maria Shriver has taken a lot of risks in life, but the journalist and mother of four isn't afrad of anything ... least of all being afraid.