I joined a mentoring circle at work, and one of our assignments was to read Lean In. It doesn’t take long to read, and I think everyone can benefit from the overall message: Gender bias is real, and there is plenty of data to prove it.
About 3 weeks ago, I attended a Transgender Awareness event where I learned about some challenges that are being faced by school-aged transgender kids and their parents. I also learned about some challenges that transgender people face in the workplace. My point here is that gender politics are intricately interwoven into our society, and it’s not easy for anyone who dares to challenge the status quo. This stands true whether we are talking about a woman who chooses to defy the gender binary, or a woman with enough ambition to acquire some actual power in corporate America.
If you are curious about this stuff, here are some links:
2. A thought-provoking voice of dissent from Rosa Brooks, published in the Washington Post: “Recline, don’t ‘Lean In’”
Ladies, if we want to rule the world — or even just gain an equitable share of leadership positions — we need to stop leaning in. It’s killing us.
We need to fight for our right to lean back and put our feet up.
3. Sheryl’s most recent series of articles about gender politics (published yesterday in the New York Times)
4. Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski. I prefer this book over Lean In. It offered a better return on the investment of my time. What I learned from Knowing your Value is a little more useful to me, day-to-day, in my actual corporate environment.