Book of the Week 3/18/13

LeanInAn empower and insightful book, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Knopf, 2013) touches upon many key subjects of women in our society – why women in leadership roles have declines, how women make up at least 50 percent of college graduates, yet men continue to have more career advantages, root causes of such disadvantages, and offers strong, sensible solutions.

Why aren’t women’s voices equally heard as men’s? Why do they usually balance the largest percentage of home and family while building a career? Why is it when men offer strong opinions, it is an admirable trait, yet when women do the same, they are viewed as everything from ‘bossy’ to the term for female dogs? These and other points are explained in thorough yet practical terms in Lean In.

Lean In is not without controversy and criticism. Many messages expressed in this book are not easy to take; at the same time, it is a brutally honest and refreshing perspective on women’s subjects few dared to speak out on so succinctly. In any event, Lean In’s overall message is a great one, and whether someone is a career woman or stay-at-home mom, the advice Sandberg offers can work.