Labelling female leaders: ‘A double-edged sword’

Terms like ‘girl boss’ look to empower, but do they really?

Bridget Clarke is advocacy coordinator at the St. John's Status of Women Council. She says there's a lot to unpack in terms like 'girl boss'. Submitted photo
Bridget Clarke is advocacy coordinator at the St. John’s Status of Women Council. She says there’s a lot to unpack in terms like ‘girl boss’. Submitted photo

Henrike Wilhelm
Kicker

Movements and initiatives look to create empowerment for women and often use language to achieve their cause. ‘Girl boss’, ‘boss lady’ or ‘girl power’ have long been part of our vocabulary, but critics say instead of lifting women up, they once again cause segregation.

Kicker’s Henrike Wilhelm looked at both sides of the phenomenon.

 

About Henrike Wilhelm 14 Articles
Student journalist in my second year at CNA. International student from Germany living in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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