WEEKLY WRAP UP: Women Defining What It Means To Be A #Girlboss

This week’s installment of the GTHQ Weekly Wrap Up is all about the term ‘Girlboss’. Inspired by the book of the same name by Nasty Gal creator and founder Sophia Amoruso, our editor in chief Asha Dahya was inspired to showcase other women who made news (and history!) this week alone, who prety much exemplify what it means to be a Girlboss.

The first is actress and singer Keke Palmer. At the age of 20 she has made history twice. She is the youngest woman to host her own talk show, ‘Just Keke’ on BET, and this week it was announced she will play the role of Cinderella on Broadway, making her the first ever African American woman to play the role on the biggest stage in the world. Not to shabby for someone who isn’t even the legal drinking age!

Becky Hammon is another woman who made headline news this week and dominated pretty much everyone’s facebook feeds. She has made history by becoming the first paid assistant coach in the NBA during regular season. She has been hired by the San Antonio Spurs, which means there will be a lot of attention on her since the Spurs are the reigning champs. Becky has played in the WNBA for a long time and in the interviews she gave she said while it was cool she was the first female, it’s more about having the right skill set and being the perfect candidate for the job.

The final woman featured in the clip is Nicole Perlman. She is the first female screenwriter to be credited on a Marvel blockbuster film. It’s a pretty big deal, considering the opportunities for female writers, directors, producers etc in Hollywood are still pretty slim, but stories like this prove the barriers are able to be broken down. Nicole makes it clear that she doesn’t want to be know as being a good “female writer”, instead she wants kudos simply for being a great writer (who just happens to be female).

While its easy to get caught up in the sexism and gender imbalance that exists on so many fronts, it’s also important to take a moment and focus on the amazing strides women are making. There are many people who are insistent on calling the wage gap a myth, and others who use that as an excuse not to succeed. What we are trying to do is acknowledge the work that still needs to be done in order for us to have complete equality, and inspire women that despite dismal circumstances, anything is possible if you work hard, are determined and don’t give up.

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