Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Cheers Factor: 4.5/5
Pairing: Twinnings Buttermint Tea
This is my pairing because you want to be sharp when you read this one. This tea is a great herbal tea to drink when reading at night which is exactly how I read this title. It’s great to curl up with a soft blanket and drink your tea and read your book.
I have been hearing for years that I should read this book. Like such a long time it’s about time I got to reading it in all honesty. Since its publication in 2013 Lean In has really been a driving force behind a renewed conversation about equity for women in the workplace. There’s two important takeaways that I want to discuss from this book. The first that I want to discuss is the emphasis that Sandberg puts on finding a partner that supports you in the right ways. Now disclaimer I am not saying that anyone needs to find a partner to find happiness, but what I am saying is that it is vitally important that if you do choose a partner they are dedicated to helping you just as equally as you help them. It is infinitely harder to function when that partnership is not equal than when it doesn’t exist in the first place. Sandberg was a workhorse as she self explains and she also couldn’t do it without her husband’s help. She writes of how much of a great partner he is. I think that we all want that and I know I surely do. However, it is painful reading about Sandberg’s love and gratitude for her husband in her 2013 book when in 2020 we know that her husband suddenly passed away while the pair was on vacation in 2015.
The second takeaway that hit hard was that while women have made genuine progress in the workforce, although unfinished, we have made even less progress in the home. Women still do 60% more housework than male counterparts while working the same hours. Sandberg writes about how we need to start encouraging men to lean in to their families. This is something that I personally believe is so very important because without the equal hands at home, there can’t be equal hands at work. There is still so much stigma in the workplace for men to want to be good parents and good partners. For example when men say they have to “babysit their kids”. Newsflash it's not babysitting when they are your kids because they are dad’s responsibility too. I appreciate Sandberg calling attention to this however, because there is always such a focus on women’s roles in the workforce needing to change, but we have failed to talk about anything other than the work force in the way that we should be.
This one is a quick read and I am glad to have finally knocked it off my to be read list. Sandberg also has a couple other novels that came out after this one specifically her Option B that talks a lot about dealing with grief and loss. Make sure to check them out and also visit LeanIn.org.
“But knowing that things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better”
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