If I had a daughter, I wouldn’t let #SherylSandberg near her

My very first memory was standing in my great-aunt’s store in the Irishtown section of Basseterre, St. Kitts. I say my great aunt’s store because although she owned it along with her husband, I knew from the age of three who was in charge.

Yes, Sheryl Sandberg. My great-aunt was bossy. Margaret Maynard continued to run the store successfully after her husband passed away. She maintained the store and a residence above the store where we slept during the week. On the weekends, we walked to her main residence. Whether in her homes or her store, we knew who was in charge.

Yes, Sheryl Sandberg. My great-aunt was bossy.

Growing up in her home helped me appreciate the strength and necessity of a woman being “bossy.” When you live on an island where resources are limited, you have to be tough and smart to succeed. This is why working for so called “bossy” women never phased me. This is why women like Marilyn Stapleton who ran the Virgin Islands district for Eastern Airlines; Sylvia Drew Clarke, who raised a daughter on her own while rising to the rank of a supervising nurse; and Alberta Francis, who ran a social services agency for the U.S.V.I. government were my “sheroes.” They took care of their families and had careers long before people like Hillary Clinton and Sheryl Sandberg became en vogue.

Yes, Sheryl Sandberg. These women were “bossy.”

It must be a white American female thing; this campaign to liberate themselves from the clutches of male dominance in the work place. The women I find leading these campaigns had many an advantage growing up. Ironically, the women doing the least jabbing about “banning bossy” are mostly women who didn’t have advantages growing up yet made it to the top.

Yes, Sheryl Sandberg. I respect and follow bossy women. Their bossiness isn’t a negative. It’s a sign of strength. It means they are focused because they want to survive, strive, and succeed. Weak women don’t make it in any country and definitely don’t stand a chance in a cutthroat free market business climate.

Yes, Sheryl Sandberg. I respect bossy women. Bossy women like my cousins Marilyn and Alberta, and my aunts Sylvia and Margaret.

Sheryl Sandberg has everyone leaning forward in her attempt to position herself for 2020 or 2024. Celebrities, like her and Beyoncé (who turns 34 this fall and is two crappy albums and a cellulite booty shake away from obscurity) need the traffic, and what better campaign to use but one that targets an alleged group of victims and provides them with a pied piper to lean forward to and follow.

Only weak women and weak men have a problem with bossy women, Sheryl Sandberg ….

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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