It is a fun and encouraging time to be a woman in America right now. Systemically, it seems as there is more opportunity than ever to make positive changes of empowerment and inclusion for women. On the whole, I love supporting all of these movements – in the workplace, at home, in the business world, in the church, in politics – all of it matters oh so much!
The one women’s movement that I CAN NOT get behind is the whole MOM BOSS, Business Babes, Girl Boss movement.
You are a boss.
I’ve spoken about our inherent intrinsic value that I believe each of us has, REGARDLESS of our vocation, and this is no exception. If we want a seat at the table, and to be taken seriously then we need to drop the cute gendered taglines we’re attaching to our power titles.
You are a wife.
You are a mom.
You are a BOSS.
None of us want to be the “token” female voice at the table – no! We want to be at the table because we earned our way there just like everyone else. Our thoughts, our qualifications, our voices hold EQUAL weight to our male counterparts and I believe that we sell ourselves as women SO SHORT by being “cute” about the titles we hold.
Yes, it is so well-intentioned and well-meaning, but I think at it’s core just sends the wrong message. To our daughters, to ourselves, and to our partners looking to actually make systemic change. It feels like by calling ourselves MOM BOSS or LADY BOSS that it puts a little asterisk by our role and our titles. Like,
Now, I do think it IS important to call out and measure the number of females in particular roles because statistics will be a great point of reference as we make systemic change. Right now, despite the fact that women make up nearly half of the workforce, near the same amount (4 in 10) do NOT employ women in their highest levels of leadership. Do you think they’re out there searching for Mom Bosses or Entreprene-HERS? No, we need to put our best foot forward and like Tony Danza told us, show em whose boss. And don’t even get me started on whether the church employs women in decision-making positions or not because I might say some things that Jesus doesn’t want me to say. 🙂
To put females in leadership, or females as CEOs (whether corporately or entrepreneurially), we must not add a NEW category by calling ourselves MOM BOSS or GIRL BOSS. No, the line item in our measurement is simply BOSS (and then denote how many are male and how many are female).
Like I said, the movement is SO well-meaning and I know that. It just grinds on me, and I think ultimately is a detriment to our progress to make actual change if we continue to use our cute, sweet (HIGHLY GENDERED) titles. Drop the cutesy, and step into the role that you truly are: A BOSS.
Thanks for the soapbox session. We’ll get back to our regularly scheduled program tomorrow. 😉
Ashley (Wife. Mom. BOSS).