Good Read | Sheryl Sandberg and Anna Maria Chávez on 'Bossy,' the Other B-word

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"Sheryl Sandberg and Anna Maria Chávez on 'Bossy,' the Other B-word":

Behind the negative connotations [of the word "bossy"] lie deep-rooted stereotypes about gender. Boys are expected to be assertive, confident and opinionated, while girls should be kind, nurturing and compassionate. When a little boy takes charge in class or on the playground, nobody is surprised or offended. We expect him to lead. But when a little girl does the same, she is often criticized and disliked.

How are we supposed to level the playing field for girls and women if we discourage the very traits that get them there?

Read Sheryl Sandberg and Anna Maria Chavez's full article on WSJ.com here…