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


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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: Anyone who's watched Sheryl Sandberg's popular TED Talk, "Why We Have Too
Few Women Leaders," is familiar with--and possibly haunted by--the idea of "having it all." "Perhaps the greatest trap
ever set for women was the coining of this phrase," writes Sandberg in Lean In, which expands on her talk's big idea:
that increasing the number of women at the top of their fields will benefit everyone. Sandberg, the COO of Facebook,
encourages women to challenge the common workplace assumption that "men still run the world." She asks men to be real
partners, sharing in the family work that typically leads to a woman's decision to stay home; she asks women who expect
to start a family soon not to check out of work mentally. Sandberg's critics note that her advice may not resonate with
the masses: The Harvard-educated exec can afford a veritable army to help raise her children. But Sandberg's
point--which affects all of us--is that women who have what it takes to succeed at the highest professional level face
many obstacles, both internal and external. Lean In is likely to spur the conversations that must happen for
institutional changes to take place at work. --Alexandra Foster

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