Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

After encouraging my sister to buy the book because I had the sense that it was important for every woman to read, from the moment we left the store, I did not put it down until I finished reading it. And I am happy I did. I have always believed in gender equality, but hearing the story from the perspective of a woman, was very eye opening.

The book is filled with relevant statistics, well told stories, and many personal examples that hit close to home—even for a man—. I found it most enjoyable when she recounts anecdotes of her time in Google and when she speaks about the culture of Facebook—both places which are a great example of a workplace that is very supportive towards women—also, when she spoke of her insights about communication and feedback and the influence Fred Kofman had on her.

This reading made me feel grateful for growing up in a family where father and mother shared responsibilities equally, they both have had full-time jobs, and they both do work at home. I realize this is not the situation for everyone.
Because I understand better how I can help and the impact I can have, I now feel more empowered than ever to offer my full support to the woman in my life, to encourage them to find and pursue their passions. I see this not as a book about encouraging woman to join the work force, but about letting them know and actually giving them the opportunity to if they want to. It is a book about freedom of choice. Our assumptions about how life should be and what role each gender should play have a big part on how we judge people, and many of the ideas we have are often without fundament. Societal stereotypes have biased both men and women into offering less opportunities to women. This needs to change, and there is much we can do by starting now.