I'm currently reading an amazing and powerful book by Sheryl Sandberg called "Lean In". It's really fascinating and talks about women, their careers and their every day dilemmas.
Being a woman is one thing, but being a career woman seems to be a whole different ball game. God forbid, you might want to have a child, too. Now, this, some woud say, is just asking for trouble...
Sheryl discusses her long and impressive career, first at Google and then at Facebook, and talks about many challenges a woman faces each and every day.
Here are some of the best excerpts:
- “Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face. Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure. And the holy trinity of fear: the fear of being a bad mother/wife/daughter.”
- “A 2011 McKinsey report noted that men are promoted based on potential, while women are promoted based on past accomplishments”
- “She is very ambitious” is not a compliment in our culture. Aggressive and hard-charging women violate unwritten rules about acceptable social conduct. Men are continually applauded for being ambitious and powerful and successful, but women who display these same traits often pay a social penalty. Female accomplishments come at a cost"
- “For many men, the fundamental assumption is that they can have both a successful professional life and a fulfilling personal life. For many women, the assumption is that trying to do both is difficult at best and impossible at worst. Women are surrounded by headlines and stories warning them that they cannot be committed to both their families and careers. They are told over and over again that they have to choose, because if they try to do too much, they’ll be harried and unhappy. Framing the issue as “work-life balance”—as if the two were diametrically opposed—practically ensures work will lose out. Who would ever choose work over life?”
Sheryl also did the TED Talk click once.
I find it to be super inspiring and hope you can appreciate it too.
I really think all women should watch this!
After all, like Sheryl said
“Talking can transform minds,
which can transform behaviors,
which can transform institutions.”