Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's new book,
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
came out yesterday. We're making our way through it slowly but surely, and we're riveted.
We are here to support each other and learn from each other. “Lean In” gave me the opportunity to share my thoughts and some of the lessons I have learned. Now it’s your turn. By talking openly about the challenges that we all face in the workplace and at home, we can work towards solutions together.
Photo: Courtesy of Knopf.
And yet, those are exactly the types of criticisms being lodged against her. Angry critics suggest she doesn't care about the less privileged. Because asking women to stand up for themselves and progress the dialogue about gender equality in the workplace is socioeconomically limited? They also suggest that she has no value for women who choose family over career, pitting her against Princeton professor (and former dean), Anne-Marie Slaughter, who wrote a thought-provoking story for The Atlantic last year, asking if women can have it all. That's unfair, because Slaughter actually wrote a beautiful story about her own moment of leaning in, on Sandberg's site — that doesn't feel quite like the rivalry people suggest, does it now? But, the worst of all is that
The New York Times
posits that she's gotten the whole thing wrong (unfortunately building an argument on mis-edited quotes pulled out of context) and that corporations should be the ones being asked to lean in to women.
But tell us what you think. Do you have problems with Sandberg's advice to women? Or are you with us on our feelings about her critics?
Photo: Courtesy of Time.