This summer, my friend Mirvet gave me #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso for my birthday. Sophia is the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, an online retailer started in 2006 which has expanded exponentially and sees no sign of stopping. Reading the success story of Sophia inspired us, and we decided to read more empowering autobiographies. We did this by starting the Nasty Gal Book Club, in honour of #GIRLBOSS, our first book. (This was followed by Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, and January’s book: Orange Is the New Black.)
A couple months ago, we started a Facebook group to spread the word about the club, which now has over 60 members (mostly our friends). This month, we hosted our first event at Camera Bar, which featured a pajama party theme, our own specialty drink and a screening of Mean Girls (featuring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler). Later that night, Sophia Amoruso herself liked our photos on Instagram, thereby christening the club and solidifying that we’re on the right track to #GIRLBOSShood. Success.
I may be at the beginning of my career journey, but I have so many strong women to look up to along the way. Here’s to a groundbreaking 2014, and to making big strides in 2015.