… Sheryl Sandberg’s sensational and controversial book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead? This book, which takes a look at modern-day perceptions and expectations of women in the work place, has sparked a lot of heated debates about politics and feminism. But what is the book actually about?
The main point of the book is that women are still significantly underrepresented in leadership roles, and that today’s group of working women need to empower themselves to take risks, challenge themselves, and pursue their goals with passion and enthusiasm. Sandberg also talks about how modern women struggle under the impossible standard of perfection known as “having it all” – a career, a family, a supportive relationship, and a clean house, among other things. However, instead of arguing that women can only focus on their career or their family, Sandburg pushes for equality between men and women in terms of child care and domestic duties.
There have been a lot of counterarguments towards Sandberg’s book, but regardless of where your viewpoints stand, Sandberg’s book absolutely succeeds in reviving a long dormant conversation about the perspective of working women, and what we as women can do to help ourselves. As a way to get women thinking critically about their place in the working world and what they can do to empower themselves, this book is a great kick-starter. It got me thinking about risks I was and wasn’t taking, and how I could challenge myself so that it would pay off later in my career.
Regardless of your political views, this book is an excellent jumping-off point for a larger conversation. Does Sandberg’s argument have merit? You’ll have to read the book and find out for yourself.
Reviewed by Katie (staff)