Jacqueline Carlyle Is the Boss We All Need Right Now

Because focusing on the intangibles is the most tangible thing you can do

Papa CJ
5 min readJun 5, 2021


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I confess. I’m an addict.

I wasn’t before but the all-pervasive doom and gloom caused by Covid-19 has led to this. And I’m not ashamed to say it, so I’ll say it straight — I’m addicted to The Bold Type on Netflix.

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to inject the above-mentioned drug into your veins, let me set the stage. TBT is centred around a trio of millennial women, working at a fictional women’s global magazine in New York who juggle their careers, romance, friendships, and big-city life while finding their own voices. You can call it ‘Not Sex in the City’, but that would give your age away.

The Reason For My Addiction


For me what is refreshing about the show is that it is humming with positivity. Yes of course it has conflict thrown in regularly to make it interesting, but one gets to witness ‘Focus on the problem instead of attacking the person’ regularly in the series.


The other wonderful thing we get to see is spades of maturity. Friends who are genuinely supportive of each other, who help in whatever way they can, without imposing their point of view on the other person.

Friends who are able to be with each other through thick and thin while allowing each other the space to process things in their own way — to retain their individuality while being a part of a group and to chart their own paths.

Almost unimaginable, right? No wonder it's fiction!

The X factor

The star of the show for me however is the character Jacqueline Carlyle (played by Melora Hardin) — editor-in-chief of the magazine. For starters, it’s lovely that a woman boss has not been portrayed in a negative or insecure manner.

Unlike the cold, calculating ice queen that is Claire Underwood from House of Cards or the seemingly heartless Cruella De Vil that is Miranda Priestly of The Devil Wears Prada, JC actively empowers other women. I can’t think of anyone — man, woman, or coffee…



Papa CJ

Professional comedian. Published author. Disappointing lover. Oxford MBA. Executive coach. Website: http://papacj.com. Newsletter: http://papacj.substack.com.