Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,’’ is Sandberg’s call for women to “lean in” and more aggressively pursue their ambitions. The book released on Monday amidst a ton of debate, critique as well as support. In the weeks leading up to the book’s publication on Monday, Sandberg, who has not been known to court controversy in the past, has been the subject of both national conversation and controversy.
Sandberg explains various accounts of societal gender inequality that lead to the same inequalities in the workplace: “When a girl tries to lead, she is often labeled bossy,” she writes. “Boys are seldom bossy because a boy taking the role of a boss does not surprise or offend.” She cites data showing positive correlations between success and likability for men, and negative correlations between success and likability for women. “That means that as a man gets more successful, he is better liked by men and women, and as a woman gets more successful, she is less liked by men and women.”
Sandberg’s book is full of statistics that reveal how — even in 2013 — women simply aren’t making it to the top. She wants women to not fear speaking their minds or being more aggressive. She wants women to learn to negotiate better.
The book is already a success – and not just because it has sparked a national conversation about women in the workplace and the current state of feminism. It’s was No. 1 on Amazon’s Best Sellers list on its first day of sales.
[Source: wired.com; npr.com; techcrunch.com]
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