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Lean In: Women, Work And The Will To Lead is a book that was written as a result of a TED conference in 2010, which revolved around the discussion that there are very few women in leadership positions. Even though it has been thirty years since women made up half the number of college graduates in the US, males still hold the majority of leadership positions. This translates that women aren't being heard in major decisions that affect the lives of individuals in these modern times.
Sandberg tells women that they would never receive the same recognition as men, unless they are willing to make certain changes in order to prevent stagnation. She further throws light on the current state of women in the corporate arena of America, explaining that there are only 21 women CEOs in Fortune 500 companies in the US, and 22 out of 197 women hold the position of heads-of-state. Globally, women hold only 20 percent of parliamentary positions. She tells women to sit at the table, have faith in themselves, and shoot for the top. Sandberg also explains that the rate of divorce would decrease greatly if women pulled in half the household income. Apart from income, she also states that men and women should share equal responsibilities at household work. This book has almost 30 pages of footnotes as a result of Sandberg's proof for her claims.
Sandberg also opens up to the readers by penning down her insecurities in college, and the time she cried in the presence of her boss. She also recounts the time when she had to negotiate her pay with Facebook. Lean In: Women, Work And The Will To Lead is a must-have for women who desire to overcome their pre-conceived ideas and anxieties to achieve the success they always wanted.
About Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is an author and businesswoman.
Sandberg was born on the 28th of August, 1969, in Washington, D.C. She completed her AB degree from Harvard College in Economics, and was presented the John H. Williams Prize for achieving the highest rank in Economics. She also completed her MBA from Harvard Business School with the highest distinction. After finishing her MBA, she began working for McKinsey & Company as a management consultant for a year, after which she held the position of the Chief of Staff to Larry Summers, who was the United States Secretary of the Treasury back then.
She currently serves as the chief operating officer at Facebook, handling marketing, business development, communications, sales, and public policy. Sandberg has been included in the Time 100, which is a list of 100 most influential people worldwide, compiled by the Time magazine. She is married to David Goldberg, and they have two children together.