Girlboss, Bosslady, Ladyboss – these words are thrown around often, especially in the online realm, and there is a mixed bag of opinions as to weather they should be praised or flushed down the online toilet.
To be honest, I wasn’t very impressed when these terms started floating around and first poked their head out of the water. I didn’t like the fact that even though women were trying so hard to have equality in the workplace, they had now come up with a gender specific title, such as Girl Boss, broadening the gender equality gap without realising it.
However, the one thing that annoyed me the most, was the fact that we referred to ourselves as ‘girls’, not ‘women’. Yes, we are females, but I think of myself as a woman, not a girl. A girl is my neighbour’s 5 year old, with cute little pigtails and her adorable dolls, playing happily in the backyard. I run my own business, work very hard and very long hours, keep the house immaculately clean, (with the help of my amazing partner), do my own taxes and, well – I don’t play with dolls.
So, why do we feel the need to place women in the #girlboss box?
Why can’t we just praise other women for the amazing work that they’re doing, without classing them as Girl Bosses?
I know in this era of highly edited images, gender standards and body shaming, it’s rare to see women supporting each other, and that’s one thing I actually like about this movement.
It’s the fact that for the first time in probably ever, women are looking to their peers and congratulating them on a job well done, supporting them through the hard times, and making them feel like they are inspiring others to achieve more (which they definitely are).
However, the Girlboss movement hasn’t only changed the way we interact with one another. It has changed fashion, and the way women present themselves on a day to day basis. The pantsuit has come back with a vengeance from it’s slow demise in the 90’s, and now my Instagram newsfeed is filled with images of amazing women wearing the latest blazer and trouser trend from both high street retailers such as H&M, Topshop and River Island, or high end brands like Balmain. Everyone seems to have launched new pantsuit and office collections and it’s making me very happy indeed.
So how could I not join in?
Even though I might not completely agree with the Girlboss movement, I feel it’s the start of something wonderful, and one day women will be encouraging and supporting one other without the need to class each other as anything but themselves.