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How to girlboss

Jenny Tran
The toxic nature of thriving towards the patriarchal standard had been gradually imbedded in the term “girl boss,” creating another expectation for women and defining their success. Embrace the sunshine, your voice and own your success!

First step: run to a nearby souvenir store and get pink keyrings, pins, stickers, towels, t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, pencils, posters, tattoos. 


That is all you need. Welcome to the girlboss-hood.  

Theoretically, being a girlboss means turning yourself into a self-made business owner, who is also a feminist and has a passionate resentment towards men. You hold, tightly in your palm, the key elements to navigating the room, making the right decisions with 100% accuracy. You persevere through a stack of work, back-to-back meetings as a career woman, and, the ultimate obstacle, mansplainers.  

Realistically, the criteria mentioned above are the expectations that this systematic world imposes on every boss, not just a girlboss.  

Logically, you are … 

“Leaders,” said Kristina Wong, a Doris Duke Artist Award winner, Guggenheim Fellow, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist in Drama.  

Feeding into the systematic leadership expectations in a capitalistic world, the patriarchy has tainted this term to minimize female leadership. So, if you know, you know: the system is brutally discriminatory, and yet, another constrains we live in. The term “girlboss” essentially scrutinizes a woman’s self-worth through the working lenses, and if she is not a white woman walking down the busy New York city street with a cup of coffee and a working phone, she is not successful; she is not a girlboss. 

“There used to be a term called ‘Girl Power’; it inherently infantilizes the women as ‘girls,’ like we are the Powerpuff version of actual powers in a cute and fun way,” Kristina Wong said.  

So, before considering becoming a girlboss, define the term personally. Then remember that being your own boss does not necessarily mean knowing everything, fulfilling every patriarchal expectation, or swimming upstream in the river of toxic masculinity, but knowing the power of your voice and standing up for yourself. 

“Don’t be that person who does someone else’s jobs well. I make my own work, and no one is going to do that for me,” Kristina Wong said. “We, actually, have to make so much of our world and not relying on the existing system of making.” 

Last step: scrap out the first two steps. 

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Jenny Tran, Public Editor
Whether it is popping on a new vinyl or traveling across the world, Jenny Tran (‘24) likes to immerse herself in the moment and explore the culture around her. You can find her hanging out with friends in the South Hutch common room or listening to various music genres at any place and time. Her favorite artists include Suboi, Keshi, Tyler the Creator, and Blackpink. Whether across the Pacific Ocean in California or in her hometown of Hanoi, Vietnam, Jenny is probably watching the radiant moon listening to Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean. At Webb, Jenny shines a light on women’s issues in different countries, Asian rights, and ESVI. As she moves into her third year on the Webb Canyon Chronicle, she hopes to continue advocating for her beliefs while exploring new mediums like poetry or photo galleries. As a Public Editor, Jenny also wants to bring more inventive and comedic ideas to the table. If you are ever in need of a good laugh, a music recommendation, or someone to go thrifting with, you should call Jenny Tran.  Favorite song: DO4LOVE by 52Hz & Willistic 

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