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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Paperback – 6 Aug 2015
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"A landmark manifesto" (New York Times)
"Lively, entertaining, urgent, and yes, even courageous … Lean In is both a radical read and incredibly accessible … While it’s obvious that women have much to gain from reading Sandberg’s book, so do men – perhaps even more so" (Guardian)
"A brave book to write … direct, funny and critical" (The Economist)
"The business manual of the year" (The Times)
"Any woman should welcome Lean In as a guide to cracking the glass ceiling" (Independent)
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It can't be repeated too often that we women must know our own history. Living perpetually in the present, believing that we are just emerging from a feminist Dark Age and are well on the way to equality is part of what ails us. Each generation of young women thinks they are the first to be properly liberated -- and it takes until middle age to realise that in fact the old oppressions are still oppressing in the old way, and that previous generations kicked against it just as we do.
The single most useful thing you can do as a feminist is to educate yourself about the feminists who have gone before. And there are many, many more than you think.
Key tips: 'sit at the table' (ie put yourself forward and don't hold yourself back - 'what would you do if you were not afraid?"); be aware of gender stereotyping and explain why you are going to negotiate before you do negotiate - but don't fail to negotiate (men negotiate naturally and it is expected of them); 'make your partner a real partner' (and, for example, don't go in for gatekeeper behaviour at home and ask him to step aside and let you do it when he's making a mess of things - let him do it himself and learn); generally in finding a job look at the growth potential of the company (as the author did with Google) and think what you can offer an employer that the employer actually wants/needs; and on living your life understand that time is a scarce resource and you can't have or do it all - the whole essence of the thing is trade-offs and decisions.
So, there's a lot of interest here; and the book gives every appearance of being well researched as well as full of personal material. The author tells us in the afterward that she has a co-writer; and that even so writing the book has taken out of the time she spends with her husband. This also has the ring of truth - but it does to some extent underscore the idea that the author is something of an exceptional human being.
I would recommend cross-checking her thinking against the recent book The XX Factor by Alison Wolf. That carefully explains that there are three life styles for women today - one fot the top 1%, another for the remainder of the top 20%, and a third for the other 80%. Sandberg is definitely part of the top 1% in that grouping. So perhaps her thinking is not entirely for everyone....
Recommended to: All women who care about their work, professional life and career satisfaction and all men who care to play their role to make it a better world. Together we can make the difference.
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