Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday Musings: Lean In

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have most likely heard of the controversy surrounding Sheryl Sandberg's new book Lean In. I actually finished reading Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In over a week ago, but I wanted my review to do it justice in conveying how important it is for everyone to read this book. For those of you unfamiliar with Sheryl, she is Facebook's Chief Operating Officer and one of Time's Most Influential People in the World. Her TEDTalks episode on why there are too few women leaders in the work place has now been viewed over two million times. Sheryl is a major advocate for the advancement of women in the workplace and she is unafraid to talk about the topics that most wish to ignore (hence the controversy surrounding her book).

Lean In expands upon what Sheryl was talking about in her TEDTalks episode and I have to say the book really opened my eyes to ways that not only am I holding myself back in the workforce but how society is contributes to it as well. While I do not agree with every point she makes, Lean In really struck a cord with me. I am now being more conscious about leaning in at work and saying my opinion on subject matters instead of waiting to be asked what I thought. I cannot sit around and wait to be noticed at work, I really need to be my own advocate. Sheryl wants women to be successful and proud of what they are doing--whether it's running a company or raising a child or even better- both. Sheryl does not look down upon women who choose to stay at home and raise their children because she recognizes that it is hard work to raise a family. But at the same time she does not want women to feel guilty if they want to have a family and continue to work. I highly recommend this book for everyone, whether you are just joining the workforce or a seasoned pro.

Learn more about Sheryl and her cause at

Next up on the reading list: Z : A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, an account of Zelda Fitzgerald's life through her eyes (I'm a sucker for anything 1920's related).

1 comment:

  1. I can see both sides of it. I think her intention was to be helpful but it came off as sort of slef serving but I do not think that it really was.

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