Two months before Sinead O’Connor releases her 10th studio album, the Irish singer called a sudden audible on her next LP’s title: I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss will arrive on August 12th. O’Connor’s new disc was originally slated to be called The Vishnu Room — she was also using that title to promote upcoming live performances — but she’s since changed it to reflect how she was inspired by Lean In’s Ban Bossy campaign from earlier this year.
“When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a ‘leader.’ Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded ‘bossy,'” reads the movement’s mission statement. “Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead.”
“Originally I had a different title, The Vishnu Room, but a few months back when I saw the phrase ‘I’m not bossy, I’m the boss’ and became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign, I wished I could re-name the album, since indeed it can be tricky being a female boss and I think Sheryl [Sandberg]’s campaign is a terribly important one,” O’ Connor wrote on her official site of the name change. “At the stage I became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign it was too late to change the album title because the sleeve was already in print. But last week, when the record company received the promo shots, which included the cover shot you now see, they asked could they change the planned cover to the current one, and that allowed me the opportunity of changing the title. Very happy girl.”
Watch the movement that influenced O’Connor’s album title below: