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Get information on the story that's breaking across the country: assertive girls are not bossy.

It's a message that's been played on every medium in the country: girls are disproportionately deemed 'bossy' while boys are rewarded for similar behavior. Let's talk about what we're doing in Central Florida to stop it.

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interview opportunities

Zandra Washington
Chief of Staff, Girl Scouts of Citrus

Maryann Barry
Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Citrus

Media Contact: Jenn Hollern
Director of Marketing and Digital Media

Girl & Volunteer interviews available upon request with notice.

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Citrus Council Programming

Be A Friend First (BFF)

Critics of Ban Bossy note that some girls are actually bossy. We agree, but so are boys. The problem is that assertive girls demonstrating leadership qualities unfairly receive negative labels and are discouraged from leadership.

But we have seen a bullying epidemic reach tragic proportions across the country, and girls are at the center of the discussion. That's why Girl Scouts of Citrus has launched an innovative anti-bullying experience for middle school girls. The program's success has been noted by girls, teachers, and administrators of schools who implement. Download the BFF Press Release for more information.

Legislative Days and iadvocate

Girls need to be encouraged when advocating for themselves and their beliefs. When girls participate in iAdvocate and Legislative Days - a hands-on lobbying trip to our state capital - they're trained in public speaking, the democratic process, and receive real-world advice from local leaders. 

This year, 30 girls from Citrus Council will join our sisters from around the state to lobby for the Get Real Program. They conduct research. Develop an argument. Practice presentation skills. These girls aren't bossy: they're advocating. 

Girl Scout product program

Our famous product program is about a lot more than cookies and chocolates. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world. Girls are setting goals, making decisions, using people skills, learning money management, and practicing good business ethics. We call these The 5 Skills. 

It's important to know that successful alumnae often quote the Girl Scout Cookie Program as a pivotal part of their experience. Girls are developing self-confidence in a way that no other program can offer.

facts and figures

the ambition gap

Children establish gender role stereotypes as early as 2 and an emerging career identity by middle school. (Simmons College, 2012)

As early as the third grade, girls report anxiety about pleasing others. (Supergirl Dilemma: 2006 study by Girls Inc.)

Starting in middle school, more boys than girls aspire to leadership roles in future careers (Simmons College, 2003) and Millennial women are less likely to say they 'aspire to a leadership role in whatever field I ultimately work. (Bentley, 2012).

Fully one-third of girls who do not want to be leaders attribute their lack of motivation to fear of being laughed at, making people mad at them, coming across as bossy, or not being liked by people. (Girl Scouts, 2008).

Girls are nearly 2.5 times as likely as boys to cite fear of being called bossy as a barrier to leadership. In fact, 82% of girls say that both boys and girls are equally good at being leaders, but 57% agree that "girls have to work harder than boys in order to gain positions of leadership." (Girl Scouts, 2008).


67% of girls 13 to 17 say that "family responsibilities weigh women down more than men as they try to move up in their careers" and 59% say that "women can rise up in a company or organization but they will rarely be put at the very top." (Girl Scouts, 2012).

Only 65% of middle schoolers (boys and girls) believe that "[in] the US today, women will make as much money as a man for doing the same job." (Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2011).

leadership gaps

Only 28.4% of speaking characters appearing in the 100 top grossing fictional films of 2012 were women. (Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, 2014).

From 2006 to 2009, not a single female character in a G-rated film was depicted in medicine, business, law, or politics. (Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media).

Women make up less than 4.2% of CEOs, 8.1% of Top Earners, 16.6% of Board Seats, but 46.9% of the Labor Force. ( Women are also only 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs ( and 18% of Congress (Rutgers).