I read Sophia Armoruso’s novel Girlboss last month. I picked it up from my local bookstore while searching for blogging inspiration. In the book, Armorouso details her journey to become founder and CEO of the company Nastygal. While the novel is rich with inspiration, the namesake – the term girlboss – is a sticking point for me.
What is a girlboss?
Quite simply, a girlboss is a woman who is in charge of her life. The term often brings to mind words like cute, and nickname.
The key question I ask surrounding the term is this: Why can’t we all just be bosses? After researching the term, I began to wonder why we can’t all be ‘bosses’?
What’s the hype?
The term originates from the brilliant work of Sophia Amorouso. As I mentioned above, she wrote this memoir on overcoming adversity, and defying the odds. I deeply respect Amorouso’s work. The term girlboss has deviated from it’s original purpose and meaning.
So, why take issue with the term?
1. The term is used out of context
Many women who refer to themselves as “girlbosses” use the term to promote their business. Of course, female entrepreneurs are truly inspiring. But does referring to oneself as a girlboss elevate one woman’s business over another?
2. Gender qualifier
Adding words like girl, honey, or babe to the term boss reasserts gender qualification. The term girl often has a cutesy connotation. It automatically categorizes women, though the term intends to break women from the typical mold.
How do you feel about the term ‘girlboss’?