Thoughts On The Topic
I’ve had all sorts of thoughts on this topic since Summer 2020 when the #$% began to hit the fan. My friend Portia Mount who hosts @themanifista podcast shared her thoughts eloquently on the topic. I couldn’t have said it better myself:
“I’ve been so fascinated by the rise and fall of the so-called Girl Boss movement. First off, I’ve always had an issue with the term “Girl Boss” because well, the girls running these businesses are women, not girls. I digress. What so many of these articles seem to keep missing is that the (mostly white) women under fire in these companies were still leaning into traditional white male models of patriarchal leadership – albeit dressed in better clothing and shoes. The old-school model of command and control, CEO as s/hero is outdated. Women leaders are not immune to racism, sexism, devaluing work-life balance, and low emotional intelligence. If this has been the accepted model in your formative years as a leader, chances are you’ll repeat these mistakes leading your own company. It’s also unfortunate because there are still so relatively few women founders of VC-funded companies that the ones who do get funded are under crushing scrutiny their male peers don’t get.”
“Women-founded (let alone companies founded by marginalized people) companies are still not getting their fair share of VC funds. Boards of Directors are still overwhelmingly white and male as are the investors that fund them. We need women to succeed but poor leadership is poor leadership. As women, we need to lean into our own models of leadership and let that work for us. Being born a woman does not automatically make you an enlightened leader as so many people working for these companies found out.” The link to the article is here if you’d like to read more about it.
Personally, I find myself using the term Boss Babe when referring to my fierce friends. You can read more about those friendships here! It just holds a better connotation for me and does not hold the same ideas that Girl Boss does when people use it.
What are your thoughts on the term? Do you still use it frequently or do you have a more preferred term? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let’s talk in the comments.
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