Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” has been receiving mixed reviews. In fact, when the accomplished CEO expressed that she wanted to share her views on women in the workplace, she was told it would ruin her career. It’s a good thing Sandberg followed her own instincts and moved forward with “Lean In;” because no matter how negative or positive the reactions to her words are–one thing is certain–you’re talking about her. Whether it’s her impressive and lengthy resume, which includes Harvard Business School, McKinsey and the Treasury Department or the incredible way she turned Facebook into a thriving business, Sheryl Sandberg is a woman who is to be respected. I appreciate a feminist like Sandberg. She’s like that catchy Beyonce song, “Strong enough to bear the children and get back to business.”
Many tastemakers in the media fight against Sandberg’s feminist stance when it comes to the working world. They latch on to the facts–she’s got money and holds a coveted Harvard degree, so she couldn’t possibly give any type of helpful advice for women to advance in the workplace. Here’s the thing, Sandberg’s life wasn’t a perfect template of how a woman should behave from college to career. In fact, she regrets making a choice to move to Washington, D.C. after graduating, searching for a husband in a sea of eligible bachelors instead of studying abroad. See, we all make mistakes, but Sandberg took her career into her own hands and “leaned in.” Check out what a few major critics think about Sandberg’s “Lean In.”
“Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is a lucidly written, well-argued and unabashedly feminist take on women and work, replete with examples from the author’s life. It draws on the ideas of no less an icon than Gloria Steinem, a Sandberg friend, and on recent research highlighting the double binds women face as they negotiate the corridors of power.
While Sandberg stresses what individual women should do to position themselves for leadership, she is hardly ignorant of the external obstacles they confront. Women are complicit in holding themselves back, by internalizing negative messages, lacking self-confidence, lowering their career expectations, and doing more than their share of housework and child care.” -USA Today
“Women lower on the scale of money and education may wonder just how Sandberg expects them to lean in to their paycheck jobs. And for her to suggest that other women aren’t doing the right things to be successful, well, it’s what many people are calling ballsy, as in that’s what a guy would say. Her thesis has already drawn the ire of other women working in the same field. (Men have been less voluble. This is no-win territory for them.)” –Time