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Banning Bossy: Is Sandberg leaning in too far?

Posted by Alex Pearlman March 17, 2014 11:54 AM

Sure, Sheryl Sandberg and Anna Maria Chavez -- who head Facebook and the Girl Scouts of America, respectively -- are powerful female leaders and role models. But is their new campaign to ban the word "bossy" going too far?

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Sandberg and Chavez said their new "Ban Bossy" campaign is partly a crusade against a playground insult, but largely a way to raise awareness about stereotypes. By middle school, girls are "opting out" of being leaders, Chavez said, because they're being penalized for their assertiveness.

Condoleezza Rice, Beyonce, Jane Lynch, and a handful of other notable women have joined the cause. But even some women who loved "Lean In" think "Ban Bossy" misses the mark. Is this a good idea, or empowerment overload? We've collected some opinions. Now, add yours.


Southie's St. Patrick's Day parade: Should it stay or go?

Posted by Alex Pearlman March 6, 2014 12:02 PM

For officialdom in Boston, the annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade --once a staple of political life -- has lost its shine. Today, the Globe reports that, since a deal between MassEquality and parade organizers seems unlikely, most of Boston's elected officials are planning to skip the event on Sunday. So are all 10 gubernatorial candidates. So is Mayor Marty Walsh.

In the past few weeks, as accusations have flown and compromises have failed, some have started to wonder whether this parade is worth the trouble anymore. Is the St. Patrick's Day parade a tradition worth fighting for? Should we start over with a new kind of Southie heritage celebration? Or should we scrap the whole thing and hang out in another neighborhood? Share your thoughts in the comments, or tweet them to @BostonComment.


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Top comment

The US has become so PC that's I'm afraid it;s time to say goodbye to yet another tradition! This used to be a fun parade, filled with good intentions and laughter.
just for luck


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