Who is she?
The book looks at the barriers to women in leadership positions and encourages women to “lean in” at the boardroom table.
The book is controversial, because a lot of people think it represents a very narrow, elite view of women and workplace and doesn’t factor in average working women.
Lean In has sold millions though, and its message of encouragement is empowering – she encourages women NOT to apologise, to take credit for their success and seize career opportunities instead of doubting themselves. She also encourages women not to “check out before they check out” – don’t stop trying to advance your career because you’re planning a family.
Another gem is to “marry a truly supportive partner” – someone who will share the load at home and really support your career. Sadly, Sheryl’s own partner, Dave Goldberg, died earlier this year.
Why should we thank her?
Sheryl kick-started a worldwide conversation about women and leadership and her book does have some really great, practical advice for professional women negotiating the juggle that is career and family.
“I look forward to the day when half our homes are run by men and half our companies and institutions are run by women. When that happens, it won’t just mean happier women and families; it will mean more successful businesses and better lives for us all.”