Are You Leaning In?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg book, Lean In, came out ago and inspired another chapter in a national dialogue on women in the workplace. Katherine Goldstein, innovations editor at Slate, talks about her own lean in circle and takes your calls on whether you've started to see the issue differently. Barbara Kass, a listener and therapist, talks about a book group she formed to read the book. And listener Amy talks about what leaning in means in a male-dominated workplace.


Katherine Goldstein

Comments [16]

Kama Timbrell from New York

I look forward to the day when working from home, time shifting, work/life balance, etc. aren't viewed through the filter of "women's" or "working mom" issues. They aren't. Men (and their families) wouldn't benefit from the ability to work from home or strive for work/life balance? The childless? Someone caring for elderly parents?

May. 21 2013 01:53 PM

I highly recommend Anne Applebaum's take-down of Ms. Sandberg's book in the current issue of the NY Review of Books. Ms. Sandberg is very well intentioned, but her book is filled with empty platitudes and contradictions.

May. 21 2013 01:13 PM

I read somewhere recently that "Bureaucracy is the worst dictatorship." That sounds about right to me.

May. 21 2013 12:31 PM


How much you take for granted! Patriarchy thingy indeed!

May. 21 2013 12:23 PM
oscar from ny

..its obvious we live at a time( 2013) that woman are in fashion and simply dominate everything.
Man has awoken to the realization that we are tied by the laws of our time and simply cannot be happy with out the love of a woman.
,... in the middle east they scrutinize and bully the woman, in America, specially i N.Y, its the opposite. The new generation has placed woman on a pedestal...a queen at the beginning..

May. 21 2013 11:42 AM
Leslie Tucker from East Village, Manhattan

Here's an idea that could work - I propose American women wage a Lysistrata as a means of forcing a male-dominated corporate America to change its policies regarding women's issues, e.g. motherhood :-]

May. 21 2013 11:20 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Thanks, jm. In the words of my co-workers I bled blue - was fairly gung-ho for the company and what it stood for. Even though I know that my trajectory was impacted by the event, my destiny was in my own hands.

It didn't help that my direct supervisor candidly told me that she could have had me fired. The turnabout would have been to make my own hostile environment charge. I took a pass.

May. 21 2013 11:10 AM
Tim from NYC

I am a man and I work 60-70 hours a week when my company is not busy, more hours when we are busy. I have a family with a young son and do not see him during the week. I refuse to work weekends and pay the price at my job in terms of promotions and perks. I think this is becoming the normal in our working lives across all spectrums. this is a great discussion that leads me to think of an even greater problem that makes inequality worse for women, and men with families who would like their children to see someone who isn't tired all the time.

May. 21 2013 11:07 AM

My personal work experience was greatly improved when I made an effort to eliminate "I think..." and "I feel (like)..." from my language. Why temper my valuable contributions?

May. 21 2013 11:03 AM

RUCB: I'm sorry you had to endure this. I don't know about your case, but in my experience these problems are perpetrated by high-maintenance individuals regardless of gender. Unfortunately, human resource departments are drawn to such candidates because they also exhibit overt (if false) "dedication" to the organization.

Re: DongleGate, I was more concerned that a developer thought dongle jokes were still innovative in 2013. If you're going to be lewd, at least be clever.

May. 21 2013 10:58 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Is negotiating more difficult for women in jobs that are done mostly by women, because employers know they can get someone else who's less likely to ask for more?

May. 21 2013 10:50 AM
john from office

This whole segment is very elitist and white, upper crust New York. Lean In, marry well!

May. 21 2013 10:49 AM
Sabrina from Manhattan

I'm extremely happy that the conversation has taken hold among this generation re women in the workforce. FYI check out a book written in 1984 by Janice LaRouche, "Strategies for Women at Work." Ms. LaRouche also held career strategy group meetings for women at work.

May. 21 2013 10:49 AM

F* the Korporate Super Stucture™ that has no respect for humanity or family!

Don't "Lean In", GET OUT, INSTEAD!


May. 21 2013 10:47 AM

Leaning in in order to develop the skills to lead is far different from blending in in order to effect the dynamics of the team. The recent 'dongle-gate' controversy is an example of going along to get along.

My experiences is in corporate IT at a very large insurance company whose own culture is sprinkled with liberal doses of sexism. (at least two senior execs were dismissed due to harassment charges) That said, my own career was dead-ended when a co-worker raised a sexual harassment charge against me. HR investigated and handled it through 'counseling'. I subsequently transferred to a different division. If I had it to do again, I'd have taken them to court as I had done nothing wrong. The 'hostile environment' was largely in the accuser's mind.

May. 21 2013 10:42 AM
Brock from Manhattan

This is clearly a positive effort. Rather than berate men or screech about some nefarious undefined "patriarchy" thingy, women are working in groups and supporting one another. Bravo!

May. 21 2013 10:41 AM

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