“Leaning In” is all well and good, but if a woman is really going to follow Sheryl Sandberg‘s advice to devote herself to her career, something’s gotta give at home. A woman with a 5 pm conference call isn’t going to be home in time to make dinner, vacuum the living room, or pick her child up from pre-school. If her husband is “leaning in,” too, that means they’ll need to hire someone to perform all these duties. A new essay by Hannah Seligson in the Daily Beast puts the cost at $96,261 a year. “Don’t just lean in,” Seligson writes, “save up (for the hired help).” Really? More
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On the day Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” hit bookstores, people filed up escalator after escalator at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City to see her sit down with friend and NBC special correspondent Chelsea Clinton.
An hour and a half before the event was scheduled to begin, three-quarters of the chairs were filled. Latecomers circled like vultures looking for the odd open seat.
I was glad I had shown up early. More
I know, I know, we’re all sick of the term “having it all,” not to mention the contours of the debate itself. But let’s put that aside for a moment, because CNN has put together and actually-very-cool story in which 10 women, including politicians and activists, talk about the moments “when they realized they could — or could not — have it all.” The whole thing is worth reading, but here are some highlights, including wisdom from a senator and an ESPN executive. More
Erin Callan was the kind of super-successful executive who never needed Sheryl Sandberg to advise her to “lean in” to her career. She joined Lehman Brothers in 1995, and in late 2007, at age 41, she was named chief financial officer. CNN later called her “the most powerful woman on Wall Street.” Then she lost at all. In a truly devastating essay this weekend in the New York Times, Callan laments all that she gave up in pursuit of her career. More
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg appeared on “60 Minutes” last night to explain her controversial views on women in the workplace.
Sandberg insists that one reason there are fewer woman in top leadership roles then men is because women hold themselves back.
She says she’s not blaming women. She’s trying to get them to recognize when and why they don’t speak up for themselves. More
I’ll withhold judgment on Sheryl Sandberg’s book until I actually read it, but the impending publication seems to have reignited an old debate: How much should we collectively worry about the dismal retention rates for women (and minorities) in large law firms? More
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Maureen Dowd is throwing some next level, New York Times type of shade Sheryl Sandberg’s way. In her latest op-ed, titled “Pompom Girl For Feminism” or “Snark Snark Snark Snark,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist sinks her teeth into Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and I swear you can feel her rolling her eyes. Dowd says that Sandberg’s brand of corporate feminism leaves her “leaning out;” according to the columnist, Sandberg is “using social idealism for the purpose of marketing.” If life were a Shania Twain music video, Dowd would be wearing a full cheetah-print outfit and hitchhiking in the desert: so you’re a female business titan in a country where the glass ceiling is still very much intact — that don’t impress(uh) Maureen Down much. More
Mila Kunis isn’t pregnant or married, yet she already announced that she intends to quit acting when she has a family. “The truth is I don’t think I can do this for the rest of my life. I also want a life. I want a family, like, one day, not tomorrow,” she told Playboy magazine. “I want to be a present mom. When I was growing up both my mom and dad worked full-time in one location. I’m never in the same place for more than two months. How am I ever going to have a family like that? You have to make compromises.” More
There aren’t many women who attend the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, but those who do sure know how to make waves. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg told an audience this weekend that she believes employers should be able to speak freely with female employees about whether they plan to get pregnant. The question is considered taboo by HR departments (not to mention feminists) because it’s illegal (not to mention slimy) to discriminate against a job candidate or employee based on pregnancy status. Why is Sandberg, one of the top women in male-dominated Silicon Valley, in favor of changing the system? More