Why Blake Lively banned the word ‘bossy’ from her house and how other stars are raising feminist kids

Blake Lively doesn’t claim to be a parenting expert, but she said she has learned a thing or two since becoming a mother in 2015.

In an interview with Glamour magazine, the actress said that she and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, are doing everything they can to ensure their two girls will grow up to be independent women.

One way to do that, she noted, was using feminine pronouns when they can. Lively noted that, for example, if Reynolds picks up a caterpillar, he’ll ask, “What’s her name?” rather than, “What’s his name?” The couple has also committed to eliminating the word “bossy” from their vocabularies.

“My husband said, ‘I don’t ever want to use that word again. You’ve never heard a man called bossy,'” Lively told Glamour. “There would never be any negative connotation for a man being a boss, so to add a negative connotation on a woman being bossy? It’s belittling, and it doesn’t encourage them to be a boss.”

Lively, 29, and Reynolds, 40, aren’t the only ones who are instilling these values in their children. Other stars have also weighed in on what they’re teaching their kids:

1. Beyoncé: In 2014, the singer participated in Sheryl Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” campaign, which encouraged people to stop labeling little girls as “bossy.” The campaign’s mission is to encourage girls to take on leadership roles — something they may avoid doing if they were branded as too aggressive as child. “I’m not bossy. I’m the boss,” Beyoncé has said.

2. Jennifer Garner: Garner, who can also be seen in the “Ban Bossy” video from 2014, told Cosmopolitan magazine that year that feminism is “not a thing you teach your kid, it’s just the way you live.” For Garner, a mother of three, that meant continuing to work on projects about which she was passionate. “I think my kids would love in theory for me to not work, not go to anything, be home every day,” she said. “You can do that and be a feminist — I don’t think that you need to go to work and be a power-woman to be a feminist. But I want my kids to know that if working is important to me, and if working for Save the Children is important to me, then that’s totally valid, and as much as I totally love them, I’m a whole person too.”

3. Jessica Alba: The actress and founder of the Honest Company is the mother of two young girls and is currently expecting her third child. Last year, she said at the Forbes Under 30 Summit that she wants her daughters to see the value of risk-taking. “I’m doing the thing…

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