It’s 2020 and not only is the future female, but the present is too. Total #GIRLBOSS, am I right? But what exactly does it mean to be a girl boss? By now I’m sure we’ve all read the book by Sophia Amoruso or watched the Netflix series by the same name – at the very least we’ve heard the saying. So how do we truly define what it means to be a girl boss?
Some might say it’s unable to be defined, it’s just in the way you make money moves. Others might define a girl boss as being a woman who is I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T (if you didn’t read this in your finest Boosie voice you’re too young). A girl boss can simply be defined as a woman who is all about her business, period.
There’s no doubt that women have proven to be movers, shakers and all around trailblazers in society. Over the last decade we’ve seen a shift in women going from fighting to be heard, to unable to be silenced. We’re taking up space and reclaiming our time. Our generation of women are multifaceted; we frequent museums, we are activists, we code, we explore our sexuality, and sometimes we enjoy solitude. But being a girl boss is not strictly about independence, it’s about the tribe you contribute to uplifting and protecting. Being a girl boss means being someone who is willing to support other women on the same girl boss journey.
The impact of women this past decade has been showcased through an organized chaotic blend of pop culture and politics, thanks in part to social media and the era of being ‘woke.’ Women are holding each other accountable for intersectionality and inclusion. It’s not enough to be a part of something, women are influencing change through fighting for prison reform, and with beauty brands like Fenty Beauty, nonprofits like #WeAreHappyPeriod and so much more.
This isn’t just a shift at a higher level, but one amongst our peers as well. Most of us have friends that have started or desire to start their own businesses and not only survive, but thrive off of multiple streams of income. Gone are the days of “behind every great man there’s a great woman.”
Today’s girl boss isn’t defined by the status of her relationship, be it with a man or anyone. Today’s girl boss speaks for herself, loud and proud and recognizes that she doesn’t necessarily need to be independent, but that her dependence on anything is at her leisure. Today’s girl boss is a representation of many aspects of a woman—from the business owner to the 9-5 employee, from the student to the teacher. A girl boss is within the mindset of wanting more and continuing to learn, grow and elevate; she can be anyone really. Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Halima Aden or Amber Rose, however you see it or define it, you can be a girl boss too!
Written by Ja'Veonna Gordon