“Her book is chockablock with good tips and insights, if a bit discouraging at times. She urges women in salary negotiations to smile frequently and use the word “we” instead of “I.” And she encourages employers and women to talk upfront about plans for children, which employers may fear is lawsuit fodder.
Sandberg may mean well, and she may be setting up a run for national office. But she doesn’t understand the difference between a social movement and a social network marketing campaign. Just because digital technology makes connecting possible doesn’t mean you’re actually reaching people.” -NY Times
“What she is not, for the most part, is wrong. The main criticism of Lean In has been that Sandberg ‘blames’ women for not getting ahead, which she categorically doesn’t do. Instead, she identifies behaviours exhibited by women in the workplace – an unwillingness to ask for more money; a tendency, in meetings, to hold back; a conservatism in estimating their self-worth – as the warping effect of historical and ongoing gender bias. Guys in her office go for promotion when they have a fraction of the necessary skills, she notes; women, by and large, wait until they have 100%. And wait to be asked, or rather, cajoled into applying.” -The Guardian
“Given all those heavy-hitters pitching in and considering the pre-publication feminist firestorm, you would think Sandberg’s book would be a riveting read, but lean in and I’ll tell you something: I dozed off twice while reading it. Most of the book is kind of blah, composed of platitudinous-corporate-speak-intermixed-with-pallid-anecdotes. Sandberg bolsters her argument about the need for women to “lean in,” or assert themselves at work and at home, with truisms such as: “equality between partners leads to happier relationships.” Even though, Oprah-esque, Sandberg resolves to speak her “truth,” mostly mild confessions follow. Lean In is worth reading because, even though many of its observations about internalized sexism may be old hat to us older feminists, they’re, sadly, still true. Women do denigrate themselves to be liked; they phrase assertions like questions and politely raise their hands while men grab the floor.” -NPR
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