Saturday 1 November 2014

Lean In - Book Review

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Below is my review of the book: Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg.

Another 3.5 :) This book has been on my wishlist for quite a time [since its release]. I kept putting it aside as I thought it was just another "feminist" book and I honestly hate those. In my pursuit for inspiration, I decided to finally order the book last month. It has some really interesting insights and ideas articulated in a readable way that lots of women [especially those in the workforce] can relate to easily. Especially ideas like "sit at the table", "success and likeability". 

Some chapters though, featured ideas that I thought were kind of idealistic especially when it comes to the role a "real partner", as Sheryl chooses to call them, should play. I think we are still miles and miles away from having men believe in this kind of equality [which I personally think is not even desirable]. Seeking a 50/50 kind of equality between men and women; whereby "half of our companies are run by women and half of our homes are run by men"? That's not how I define the men-women relationship, and this is not what I hope for our societies. I believe men and women should be real partners and have equal rights yes, but their roles should complement each other and not be "equal" in the sense Sheryl suggested.

Anyway, if I'm left with one thought only out of this whole read it would definitely be the inevitable question of "what would you do if you weren't afraid".. - now that's a question I kept thinking about and will sure do for a while! And always remember, it's not enough to enjoy the book, we [both women and MEN] have to start acting. 

As it goes: "there's a special place in hell for women *I add: and men* who don't help other women". Recommended! :)


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