Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Women and the Workplace

After reading this week’s article “Foot in the Door, Mouse in Hand: Low Income Women, Short Term Job Training Programs and IT Careers,” I got to thinking, what is the current status of women in the workplace? Outside of just the IT industry, are women increasingly permeating job boundaries to once highly guarded sectors? The newly popular yet controversial book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg explores why women have failed to achieve a majority of C-level leadership positions in top corporations. Sandberg provides perspective on building an accomplished career while balancing a fulfilling personal life. Sandberg reasons that women subconsciously feel the need to “lean out” and question their ability to perform in the boardroom as an equal to their male colleagues. However, through personal stories and data, she provides an inspiring call to action for women universally to take back control and become leaders. She encourages readers to ask themselves, “How can I do better? What am I doing that I don’t know? What am I not doing that I don’t see? Done is better than perfect” (NY Times). One prominent critique of the book is that Sandberg is coming from a highly privileged and successful background. She is currently the chief operating officer of Facebook with previous jobs at Google and the U.S. Treasury. Not to mention she’s married to David Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey. As Sheryl Sandberg has initiated a completely new discourse regarding women in the workplace and truly having it all, you have to wonder, how realistic is this? How far do women across America and the world have to lean in to achieve this reality? How far would you lean in?

Check out this video of Sheryl Sandberg’s own talk on the book here…

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