|Sheryl Sandberg (Photo credit: jdlasica)|
This week there have been a lot of articles in the news that discuss the challenges facing working moms. Also, a lot of journalists have been discussing Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead
The book has been described as one journalist as, “A forthright, if often confused, meditation on sexism, the book has attracted more than its share of prepublication hostility from people resentful that a Silicon Valley überfemale worth $500 million would dare to address the problems of Everywoman. I don’t think anyone actually used the words “back to your palace, bitch,” but that’s been the tenor of the criticism, which has often come from women who had not done Sandberg the elementary courtesy of reading the book they claimed to hate.”
I am one of those who have not read the book. However, I don’t hate Sandberg. However, I do resent her suggestion that most women have failed to achieve her level of success because they didn’t work hard enough. Ms. Sandberg has achieved more academic, financial, and personal success than most people in the world, so if her logic follows there must be millions of underperforming men who have failed to “lean in” too.
That being said, I am intrigued by her book and plan to read it. I am a sucker for books like this and plan to publish my own “how to succeed” book in the near future. While I hope to receive the media interest in my book that Ms. Sandberg has received, I hope that I am spared the vitriol…
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