COMMENTARY | Michelle Malkin has some good advice to young girls in the wake of the bossy “ban the word ‘bossy'” campaign. She says that girls need to be bossy, but first they must become the bosses of themselves.
“The key to female empowerment doesn’t lie with wheedling word police. It lies with girls and women finding the courage to speak and act on their beliefs and principles without regard to their detractors’ opinions.”
Think as the model to follow Sarah Palin rather than Hillary Clinton, the latter for whom the “ban bossy” campaign is being waged. Malkin points out that women who are really assertive – think Palin again – face the vilest kind of abuse that can be imagined. Malkin herself has been subjected to that kind of behavior, such as the time MSNBC ranter Chris Matthews continually cut her off and then threw her off his show during a contentious segment in 2004 over then presidential candidate John Kerry.
There are basically two models for women in public life. One is the Hillary Clinton model, which is to play the victim and thus gin up sympathy and support. This may get one elected to the Senate and some hope to the White House, but victims never make effective leaders. Think of Benghazi.
The other model is the more traditional kind in which a woman like Margaret Thatcher or Palin rolls over the abuse and opposition by sheer force of will and talent and triumphs in the end. This involves not only self discipline, as Malkin points out, but strength of conviction and not little character. If you know you are right and can convinced others of that, no amount of chauvinism can stop you.
Come to think of it, it is not a bad model for leadership no matter what the sex of the leader who pursues it. Be bossy indeed.