I am sure Sophia Amoruso is an inspiration and revelation to many young ladies across the globe. Her #Girlboss book has spawned a legion of YouTube videos, endless tweets as well as securing Sophia her own NetFlix adaptation of said part biography-reflective-critique of her own life’s journey. Plus a legendary, marketable hashtag.
Don’t get me wrong – I am a fan.
I suppose a hashtag is a clear indication of your zeitgeist moment in our tapestry of time.
Mine would probably be #lightweightforlifebitches. Should I copy write this? Merchandise, anyone?
I digress, with only my nose a third of the way through her prose, I kinda love her ‘I-do-everything-and-get-on-with-it’ mantra. The best boss has worked from the ground up – whilst remaining strictly grounded. Every time, regardless of their gender.
However, I have a nagging, handbag-wielding notion that Maggie Thatcher, she of milk-snatcher infamy with her Iron Lady exterior, along with her divide and conquer rule was more than likely an early #GirlBoss – #IronLady, as a hashtag, probably does not sound so sexy or unthreatening. (Please note: definitely not a Tory voter.) But she was a complete and utter #Badass. Miners’ Strike? Let them starve. Hardly a nurturing soul where the working classes were concerned.
Yet, women have been bosses since the dawn of time, whether in their own homes (owned by husband), frantic part-time hours jammed around motherhood or those who have outlived their spouses. Elizabeth I – now she seriously was a #Girlboss, or a #Queen. (For once, a relevant title!)
One thing is for sure – young ladies today, amongst the endless butt implants of Kim K, Nicki Minaj or endless shots of ‘Duck Face’, actually have strong, independent, determined, relatable role models. Thank god. And, fortunately, today’s young ladies do seem to be able to differentiate between a media that conspires to undermine them and real, accessible women who inspire them.
The only question that seems to really matter is which hashtag do you assign yourself – or even better, create yourself? (There’s the true #Woman in you.)