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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Sheryl Sandburg, chief operating officer of Facebook, challenges women to break through the glass ceiling at home and at work in Lean In, published in 2013. While some women fault Sandburg for speaking on behalf of women, many of whom cannot afford all of the help she has, Sandburg makes valid points regarding women and corporate leadership in America. Indeed, women in the U.S. should not be making 77 cents for every dollar men earn, and they should hold more positions in  corporate leadership. Women should be encouraged to negotiate their pay and to “sit at the table” in conference rooms in American business. 

While Sandburg acknowledges that women have come far since Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique in 1963, she makes the point that women will not have true equality globally until they seek parity with men in the world of education and in the home. Parentling and housework should be shared fifty: fifty, and women who earn over 50 percent of advanced degrees, should be better representative in leadership positions around the world.

I would encourage you to read Lean In before passing judgement on Sandburg, and I would encourage both women and men to join the conversation at http://www.facebook.com/leaninorg. The book’s a fast read and an enlightening one.

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2013 by in Uncategorized.
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