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“…girls are less interested in leadership than boys.”

Is that so? Being a girl I remember even when I was young I wanted to be a leader. I wanted to inspire people, I wanted to be Mother Teresa, I wanted to be Gandhi, I wanted to be Martin Luther, I wanted to be the president of United States of America (even though I have never lived in USA), and I wanted to be a superhero amongst other things. At the same time I wanted to be liked, I wanted to have friends; I wanted to be a “pleasant” person–whatever that means. For the longest time I was called bossy and pushy and stubborn because I know what I wanted and I was very clear about it. I am at a point in my life now where I don’t really care if someone thinks I am “bossy” but as a young girl this word haunted me in my sleep. Being the oldest of three children at home I was always expected to take a leadership position, there were no questions about it, but in school it was a big no-no. Girls were meant to be likable beings that cared about how they looked more than they cared about being a leader. And I was one of those who cared about both. Every time I wanted to take a leadership position in an activity that involved both boys and girls, instantly I was told I am being bossy and that I need to “cool it”. It’s been couple of years since this has bothered me but it has left its scars on me.

I love #BanBossy campaign. Words hold so much meaning than we think. Tell a girl that she is bossy and she will be scared to be leader for the fear of not being liked. We need to tell our children that they could be leaders, doesn’t matter if they are boys or girls. On my way to work couple of days I heard a very good piece about why we should ban bossy on the radio by Matt Gallowy. Click here to listen to it. In this interview we have people on both side of the argument, on that supports the campaign, and one who supports the initiative but not the campaign. There is another very profound B word that females are called in workplaces and schools and it’s looked down on and is banned in many workplaces. Bossy should be another B word that is banned. Who we are going to achieve is by getting EVERYONE involved. I want men and women to all be standing behind this campaign and support it.

Celebrities are now also starting to stand behind this initiative, and here is what they have to say.  

I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.

 

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So I know I havent posted anything here in a WHILE, I have been just crazy busy with school, internship, work, volunteer, and life. It has been crazy 3 months and I have a feeling its going to get crazier. So like I mentioned I am currently interning at George Brown College as a TA. This has been one of the most challenging experience for me. This is mainly because of my hectic work/life schedule. I am having a hard time focusing on my priorities and dividing my time equally to all of them. I know for me writing about things always makes them clear for me, so from now on I am going to try to write here weekly (hopefully!!) about my stuff that happens to me at school, work and at GBC.

That being said I have also had some wonderful experiences at GBC and it has thought me a lot and to a certain extent solidified my belief that I am at the right place. For someone who has doubted about what they are doing in life is really for them or not, this is very important epiphany to have.

Anyone reading this: how do you deal with work/life stress? can you give me any tips on how I can balance these things better?

NAEYC National Conference, DC, NOV 23rd-25th.

If anyone is interested, check out this link.

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NAEYC National Conference is happening Nov 23rd to the 25th. Featured presenters include; Wolf Trap Foundation, Diane Levin from Wheelock College, and presenters from Temple university, UC-Berkeley an more. Check out the link below for more registration and more information.

http://www.naeyc.org/conference

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How Schools Kill Creativity By: Sir Ken Robinson

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

 

So I have a question to anyone reading this blog; do you think our school system kills creativity in children? If your answer is no, go watch the video “How schools kill creativity” by Sir Ken Robinson. If you said, then your viewpoints might be a lot similar to Mrs. Robinson.