There is currently an ongoing campaign to ban the word bossy from use in the U.S. Ban Bossy. Encourage Girls to Lead Here is their mission statement:
"When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead."
This campaign is the brainchild of Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg ~ Sheryl Sandberg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia who is the author of book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead: Sheryl Sandberg: 9780385349949: Amazon.com: Books and founder of Lean In
The Girl Scouts of America are already on board Let's Ban Bossy Together! Girl Scouts | Lean in
I was floored when I learned of this campaign to ban a word. If you are looking for empirical evidence I couldn't find any on BanBossy and tried to find some at LeanIn.org but all they had were some videos of communications experts. Yes, yes, we know that stereotypes are mental shortcuts that our brains use...
FTR I voted no.