Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book Review & Thoughts on Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

(My Ratings: Disappointed, Good, Great, Love)
I have to admit, I am all over the place when it comes to reading books.  I range from a lot of business books to the Hunger Games series.  A female co-worker told me she picked up this book, so I had to check it out.  Glad I did.  It is a really easy read.  I got thru over half of the book on a flight.  It is a combination of observation & experience and the author has had plenty of opportunities ... as the COO of Facebook and former VP of Google.  The book is based on women, work, and the will to lead.  Sheryl has practical suggestions for handling challenges that face women at work "in office buildings" and those who work at home.  Hopefully, it will make you think.

As a women, have you ever felt that there are different standards for you at work and at home?  Well this book backs up those feelings with statistics.

One key take away for me:  I never would have called myself a "feminist" before reading this book ... mostly because it bring images of "men haters" and "bra burners".  Of which I am neither.  I love my husband and I have never burned a bra  However, "a feminist is someone who believes in social, political, and economic equality of the sexes."  Currently, only 24 percent of women in the US say they consider themselves a feminist. However, when people were given the actual definition and not the "stigma"that number jumped to 65%.  That is the power of information. I hope you will think about it too.  After reading this book, I add myself proudly to the company of the 24%

Price: About $24.99 USD (hard cover)
Author: Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook
Pages: 182
Recommended For: A woman or man in the work forces or just about to enter it ... really anyone.

If you are looking for a good book check it out.


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