Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal clothing, releases her first book #GIRLBOSS in May

Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal clothing, releases her first book #GIRLBOSS in May

Have you noticed how much flack the word “bossy” has been getting lately in popular culture? “Bossy” has become a word to almost exclusively describe women, or more precisely, women in power, and evidently it is discouraging girls from taking on leadership roles. Who wants to be called bossy? Or take on the negative connotations of being pushy, stubborn, or “too aggressive” that the label communicates? I don’t necessarily disagree with its opposition. But it’s interesting how central the word has become, receiving mention everywhere from books written by women in leadership positions talking about their process (or struggle) of rising to the top, to PSAs featuring celebrity spokeswomen, aiming to urge girls to pursue key positions who might be afraid to take on such a label. Is the word really that scary? The most recent appearance of the anti-bossy movement is the #BanBossy campaign created by Girl Scouts and Lean InThey got a slew of amazing women involved to help spread the word. Check it out below:

Tina Fey's hilarious book Bossypants, released in 2011

Tina Fey’s hilarious book Bossypants, released in 2011

Men are rarely, if ever, described as bossy. Instead, we call them leaders and admire their capabilities to make important decisions for the group and themselves. But why does gender have to come into play here at all? I say, we don’t need to ban the word “bossy” but we do need to use it appropriately, and take the gender out of it altogether.Daenerys isn't bossy. She's just the  boss.

I suppose if modern culture doesn’t find that possible, then this #BanBossy movement is onto something. But until the label disappears completely, which will take time if it ever does, girls need to remember there are worse things to be called than bossy, so shake it off and keep doing your own thing. If you are strong and capable and interested in leadership roles, the world needs more of you. Period. And as much as I love the idea of Sophia Amoruso’s book title #GIRLBOSS, I’d love it even more if one day there is no distinction. A woman who leads is simply just… the boss.

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon from 30 Rock, being a boss and having it all

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon from 30 Rock, being a boss and having it all


3 thoughts on “#GIRLBOSS

  1. This book is on my to-read list! I agree with what you said about Ban Bossy and did my own post about it yesterday if you want to check it out. Speaking of career women, would you consider doing a post on your career path, how you came to work for Lisi, and what your career goals/interests are down the line?

    • Hey Kimberly, I will definitely check out your blog! Thanks for the heads up. And I’ll of course consider those guest post ideas for the next time Lisi’s out of the office, too. You just cut my work time in half, thank you. 🙂

  2. Just visited your blog. Great post, Kimberly. The points you brought up are spot on and important to consider.

    If anyone else sees this comment, click on “The Kimberly Diaries” above to get redirected to a fantastic post on this whole “BOSSY” movement.

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