Friday, October 25, 2013

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
: March 11, 2013
I feel like this book has been everywhere lately, although given the response on my Mailbox Monday post, maybe that isn't actually the case. I've heard some great things about this book, but maybe as expected with a book this big, a lot of backlash too, which made me was curious how I'd feel.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time with this. It's funny because a lot of it feels like common sense, except it's still something I hadn't actually though of that specific way. Everything seems to click, to the point where you wonder why you hadn't told yourself that first.

If I had any complaint about this book it's how much it made me think. By that I mean I'd read a section and think how well this related to my life currently, and keep thinking about how I could apply her advice and what changes I would make. Except I'd realize that through all this thinking I had continued to read 3 more pages and had no idea what I was actually reading. But honestly, if the biggest complaint is that it starts you thinking, is that the worst to have?

I think this book has a message that matters, that women should be able to succeed in the workplace if they want to, but they should also be able to succeed if they decide to stay at home instead. Or instead that men should have that same choice and be supported, and that we haven't truly reached equality among genders until things are actually equal. But as I wrote in a reply to a comment, it may not be a life changing book, but for me, where I am in my life right now, it definitely gave me a lot to think about.


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  1. Nice review. I've been going back and forth with deciding to read it.
    Silly Socks n Things

  2. Great review. I bought this book this summer but have not read it yet. I do want to read it as it gets brought up a lot at work and a lot of the women in my women's networking group at work have read it. I work in an incredibly male dominated industry (and I imagine yours is fairly male dominated as well) so I like reading books like this as they usually inspire me and make me think about things!

  3. I enjoyed your review. I've read a couple of positive reviews about Lean In lately and was wondering if this would be a good non-fiction choice for my book club, even though some members, including me, are retired.

  4. books that make you think are always a good thing.I have actually not heard of this book! So it sounds interesting.