Being a #girlboss requires less humility, not more

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According to Twitter, several democrats began their Monday morning with this weird email:

The “Drew” in question, I’m told, is actress and producer Drew Barrymore.  

A lot of discussion on Twitter had to do with the use of “girlboss” to describe the 60-year-old potential first female president of the United States. There’s a lot of debate generally about women using pejorative terms to “own” them in business. NastyGal founder Sophia Amoruso’s bestselling book “#Girlboss” was the most high profile recent example of a philosophy that making the debate less serious and more approachable makes more younger women feel part of the movement.

I don’t have an issue with the phrase generally, and enjoyed Amoruso’s book even though I felt like it was definitely written for a different demographic than 40-year-old me. When I was younger I used to attend “Girls in Tech” events and liked the less huffy branding of them.

But let’s be clear: Being electing the first female President of the United States isn’t something we should all take less seriously. Electing any president isn’t. (Insert comment about most recent absurd thing Donald Trump has said and his polling numbers here.) “Girlboss” is about easing women into a movement of taking control of their own power. Once you’re ascendant and leading the movement, another phrase might be more appropriate.

But the worrying thing with this email is less the use of “Girlboss”– jarring as that is. It’s what follows the word “Girlboss”…

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