Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will To Lead by Sheryl SandbergLean In: Women, Work, And The Will To Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will To Lead

bySheryl Sandberg

Hardcover | March 11, 2013

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The #1 international best seller

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg reignited the conversation around women in the workplace.

Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook and coauthor of Option B with Adam Grant. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TED talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which has been viewed more than six million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

Lean In continues that conversation, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home.

Written with humor and wisdom, Lean In is a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential. 

SHERYL SANDBERG is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an econom...
Title:Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will To LeadFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.5 × 5.9 × 1 inPublished:March 11, 2013Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring read Instill that confidence as a woman in the work place. You are not alone and you do fit in.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Career advice Helpful advice, enlightening and a fresh perspective for women who wish to balance having both families and a career. Insightful, unbiased and also inclusive to women of all walks of life with various life choices.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Motivational Even though I'm retired and not working full time, I still found this to be a very interesting read. Would recommend it to younger women starting out in their careers.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential feminist literature All women should read this book. This defines the importance of Feminism in the modern age, and made me realize how I hold myself back in my life. This will change how you see yourself in your work life and how you would wish to inspire other women around you. A must-read!
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enlightening! This book is very empowering and a must read for all women. It is revolutionary and very effective in terms of career management for women. Sheryl talks about various challenges that women face in the workplace and how to overcome these effectively. A very positive book full of inspirational tips!
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timely I read Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" as part of my 2018 reading challenge. I found the chapters "What would you do it you weren't afraid?," "Are you my mentor?," and "Don't leave before you leave" especially helpful in terms of career management.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Sheryl Sandberg Positive and empowering, and enjoyed reading tidbits about Sandberg's life and how she got to where she is now
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great motivational/career read This book is awesome inspiration for those who want to succeed in their career, whatever industry it may be in, men and women alike.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average I got this as a Christmas present from a friend. Interesting topic. The author definitely had the voice in the topic. The examples were great but just unrelatable. The messages went through one ear and out the other.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Leaning in is just one piece of the puzzle I'm sorry: I did not like this book. The writing was fine and I think Sandberg is a powerful and credible voice. However, Sandberg's personal experiences are not relatable to the average woman. I feel like she left out context as a vital part of the narrative. It's easy to say "change the context" (e.g., move to a new city; get a new job), but that is not always so simple. Overall, despite her many examples, I felt the message was trite. Nevertheless, it's worth reading, if only to understand the two words phrase that has now become a recommendation for all women. But don't feel bad if your circumstances do not allow you to "lean in."
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the read! I read this book from cover to cover in a couple of days, which for me is a real feat! I could hardly put it down. So much valuable information, full of anecdotes and research. I would 100% recommend this book to EVERYONE.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very empowering book! I read this book as a friend suggested and couldn't put it down! Such great tips and experiences, I took away so much after reading and definitely recommend to all my friends that they read it!So much truth I found in the book in my day to day life. Definitely recommend adding to anyways list of reads.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok Wasn't that impressed but the messages and writing.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great read very detailed and informative
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful This was a really good read, but I feel that the concept of intersectionality was not included.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well intentioned I appreciate that Sheryl Sandberg is an advocate for women's success, but I feel that a lot of the information and strategies/action steps are only applicable to a certain type of woman - middle-class, white, with a partner. I would like to see a greater focusing on helping all types of women, especially those who are marginalized, achieve success in all aspects of their lives.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It was okay, but not on my recommendations.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoughtful and insightful book... well worth your time.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I recently finished reading this after buying it earlier this year. It was an excellent read, and as a fresh graduate about to hit the workforce, it was very enlightening. Easy to read, great points mentioned, and lots of good advice
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This book was very informative and empowering for women in all stages of their lives. A must read for all women (and men!) I cannot wait to pick up her newest book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ! This book is very inspiring and definitely one of my favourite books. It is must read for both men and women. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must read I read this when I was 18 and it empowered me to look ahead into what i want my life to be
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-Read for all Women! This was a very inspirational book. I received this book as a graduation gift, and it provides incredibly useful advice for any young woman beginning their careers. It's also very empowering! My outlook on how I handle my career has truly changed.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book A must read for men and women. It is thought provoking and will make both re-think their views of women. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read I think women and men of all ages would benefit from reading this book. To this day, I still revisit the pages of this book when I need a little boost in confidence. Must read!
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing I read this during a summer in undergrad - it literally changed my life. Every young man and woman must read.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read One of my favorite books, a book that is good for any gender to read. Thought provoking aand full of fabulous insight and advice.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I bought this book for my 'gender issues in management' class in university and it was very insightful and gave me good tips for when i will be going into the workforce.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Both men and women should read this book The women's movement has come a long way but there's still a few challenges that face us in the 21st century. We need both men and women to help each other that's why I think everyone should read this book to gain insight on these challenges. This book was very informative and is definitely definitely thought-provoking.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! I am so pleased with this book. I'm a young woman, looking to enter the workforce as a lawyer and I've had so many qualms about the process and my work-life balance. I've spoken about this with my female peers in law and it's interesting to note that we all share similar concerns. What I loved about this book is that I identified with so many aspects of it, and I think anyone, whether male or female should read this book because it is incredibly empowering. There needs to be a sequel to this, with more practical advice, similar to the advice within the negotiations chapter. I'd like to know what sorts of phrases, actions, etc I can use to help me further my goals, how to handle tricky situations (eg. feeling disrespected by a client because you're a woman, etc.)
Date published: 2015-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Women, workforce andblife A very genuine testimony, honesty is always the best policy. It is always very interesting to read about the vulnerability of strong women in the workforce, makes reading all themore enjoyable when one can relate. I recommend the book to both men and women.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Inspirational and meaningful I am so glad I bought thus book. I will be adding it to my personal library to refer to it latter. I couldn't believe how much it applied. Truly inspirational. A must read.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-read! This book is really good and I highly recommend this. I don't see myself as a feminist and I have found this book more inspirational on the personal plan than a book about inequality of genders. Plus, it gives you an outcome on the reality in the workforce. Sheryl Sandberg is a great leader and an example for women.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Women, workforce andblife I enjoyed this book. Most of the tips can serve as helpful reminders, if not totally new information, for ambitious women. I was a little discouraged by some of her theories (maintain the status quo until, eventually, there are enough women around to change it), but it provides some food for thought.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Women, work and the will to lead Easy and insightful reading! Great content!
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Women, work and the will to lead This was a fantastic book that was continually discussed among my girlfriends, colleagues and other small business owners who I network with. I found the whole time I was nodding my head in agreement and was empowered to want to move forward and continue to pave the way for my daughter and generations to come as women continue to know that they can lead in the workforce and have a family successfully.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Women, work and the will to lead I loved this book. As a young professional and new mom I found some great tips on advancing my career while taking the time to enjoy my life at home. Though there has been much debate over Sandberg's advice, I feel that there is still a lot to take from this book. I recommend this book to all women and men to gain a greater understanding of what women face in our society.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Women, work and the will to lead I picked this book for our book club and all of us enjoyed it. We had thought provoking discussions on marriage, children and careers after reading it. Sheryl Sandberg brings up professional issues that I think are important, under-discussed, under-recognized, and in some cases, people won't acknowledge exists. This isn't necessarily a "how-to" book but more of a book on how to recognize certain traits, characteristics, and behaviors that both men and women possess, and the impact it has on women in the workplace. I applaud Sandberg for stepping outside of her own comfort zone, as she writes early in the book, to bring these issues to the table. She is correct in that the women's movement has somewhat stagnated and that the movement has become complacent, and more women struggle with the "work-life" balance in their careers. I thought her discussion of the topics were fresh, engaging, and insightful. Since I have finished reading this book, I have kept talking about it, thinking about it, and attempting to put the concepts into practice.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational This book taught me to never limit myself and undermine my own ability. It's OK to not be perfect and ask for help. Sheryl was very personable in the book. She showed her "human" side and told stories where she was upset, scared, or embarrassed. I was glad that she wrote her life lessons in such a way that doesn't pretend to be perfect and a ruthless superwoman like so many other books. I would say this is a must read.
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Empowering! Strength. Honesty. Composure. Empowerment. Thank you Sheryl!
Date published: 2013-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring Great read. Lots of practical advice.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic This should be required reading for men as well.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book gave me new insight on life as a woman. It's comforting to know that other women have the same conflicts about balancing work and being at home as I do. Sandberg's guidance of trying to make choices that are right-fit for the individual has encouraged me to "lean in" further. I hope that I can concentrate on accomplishing what is important for me rather than trying to be perfect and "having it all."
Date published: 2013-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Question What would you do if you weren't afraid?
Date published: 2013-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but ... Whether one agrees with her views in this book is not of major significance when reading it; rather it is more about learning about one successful woman's experiences - ups and downs as she strives towards her goals in her career, how she handles all the various aspects of her life and some glimpses into the people whom she has come in touch with. I enjoyed reading it and gained a lot of knowledge though after eight chapters the content became less interesting as ideas seem to be more or less the same for the remaining three chapters.
Date published: 2013-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lean In Loved this book. It is a great resource for me to have read at a point in my life that will influence not only my career but also my personal life. I have spoken about many of Sheryl's ideas in conversation with friends since I started this book. I also decided to 'lean in' 5 months before I was going on mat leave and I believe it was the best decision I could have made for myself. I highly recommend this book to all women and men!
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mom Student Government Worker I think this book should be read at any stage of life, helpful reminders that encourage you in your day. Seeing clearly how you value yourself and others. Reminds you of your own blindspots in behaviour and power dynamics. Thank you Sheryl for your kind straight to the point attitude and commitment to empowerment.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lean In Review Loved this book! I believe that everyone no matter what gender needs to read this book. Working for a large corporation I would have to agree with many of Sheryl's theories. I think that regardless everyone wants to succeed in both their professional and personal lives. People who want to make a difference will. Just remember we are all in this together. I believe some of the best ideas and revolutionary technologies have been created by a collaboration of people. I even liked reading the acknowledgments because it showed that many people contributed to this book. I think people who can get along with others and generally want to see both women and men succeed will be the game changers. I think women in the work force need to re-read the section about women mentoring and helping other women. I have had some of the best mentors around that have pushed hard to have others recognize my work. Quite frankly that can help you move up. You need to be your own advocate but it also helps when you have other people cheering from the sidelines. I understand being a woman it becomes competitive because you want to move up faster than your peers, however keep in mind the people who have helped you along the way and try your best to do the same for others. Because like I said we are all in this together. Overall great read!
Date published: 2013-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful and honest Sandberg bears all with insight and humour. She is an inspiration to the human race.
Date published: 2013-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thank You Sheryl As a professional and a mother it is a big relief to know I am not alone in my internal debates, fears and guilt-trips. Sheryl's explanation of how our own behaviours hold us back is fantastic - I see myself and many of my colleagues in her descriptions, and I know we can do this better. My copy is an audio book. Love the content, but did not like the reader's style at all. My recommendation - read it - don't listen to it.
Date published: 2013-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Every professional should read this book - I read it in 2 days. As a professional woman, it gave a voice to everything I have thought but never said. I learned a lot from reading this book, I gave one to my sister and a woman who used to report to me. Great read.
Date published: 2013-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just finished this amazing book I highly recommend it to all women who want to make a difference in this world.
Date published: 2013-03-31

Bookclub Guide

The #1 international best seller In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg reignited the conversation around women in the workplace.Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook and coauthor of Option B with Adam Grant. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TED talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which has been viewed more than six million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto. Lean In continues that conversation, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home. Written with humor and wisdom, Lean In is a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential. 1. What does “lean in” mean? Why do you think women need to be urged to lean in?2. The first three words in the book are “I got pregnant.” What does this signal about the kind of business book Lean In will be?3. When Sandberg says, “The promise of equality is not the same as true equality” (p. 7), what does she mean? Have you found this statement to be accurate?4. Why is “ambitious” often considered a derogatory word when used to describe a woman but complimentary when used to describe a man?5. In chapter 2, Sandberg discusses the impostor syndrome: feeling like a fraud, fearing discovery with each success. Why do women feel this way more often than men do? What causes the gender gap?6. Sandberg believes that there are times when you can reach for opportunities even if you are not sure you are quite ready to take them on—and then learn by doing.  Have you ever tried this?  What have you tried?  What was the result?7. What did you learn from the anecdote on page 36, about keeping your hand up?8. Why did Sandberg respond so negatively to being named the fifth most powerful woman in the world?9. When negotiating, Sandberg tells women to use the word “we” rather than “I.” Why does the choice of pronoun make such a difference? 10. On page 48, Sandberg says, “I understand the paradox of advising women to change the world by adhering to biased rules and expectations.” How do you feel about her advice?11. What’s your take on Sandberg’s suggestion that we think of the path to a satisfying career as a jungle gym rather than a ladder? 12. Sandberg argues that taking risks can be important in building a career.  How have you approached risk-taking in your life?13. Sandberg argues that mentorship relationships rarely happen from asking strangers to mentor you, but rather from an opportunity to engage with someone in a more substantive way.  How has mentorship worked in your own experience?14. People who believe that they speak “the truth” and not “their truth” can be very silencing of others, Sandberg says on page 79. What does she mean by this?15. When considering employment after motherhood, Sandberg suggests that women shift the calculations and measure the current cost of child care against their salary ten years from now. Why is this a more effective perspective than just considering current costs? If you’re a parent, would this change your attitude toward employment and money?16. In chapter 9, Sandberg blasts the myth of “having it all,” or even “doing it all,” and points to a poster on the wall at Facebook as a good motto: “Done is better than perfect.” (p. 125) What perfectionist attitudes have you dropped in order to find contentment?17. Sandberg and her husband have different viewpoints about parenting: She worries about taking too much time away from their kids, while he’s proud of the time he does spend with them. Would it help women to adopt an attitude more like his?18. In chapter 10, Sandberg discusses how the term “feminist” has taken on negative connotations. Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why?19. Discuss this assertion: “Staying quiet and fitting in may have been all the first generations of women who entered corporate America could do; in some cases, it might still be the safest path. But this strategy is not paying off for women as a group. Instead, we need to speak out, identify the barriers that are holding women back, and find solutions” (pp. 146–47).20. In the book’s final chapter, Sandberg talks about the need to work together to create equality—to allow women to thrive in the workplace, and to allow men to participate proudly in the home and child rearing. What steps can you take right now to begin to make this happen?

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Lean In (#1 National Bestseller)  “Honest and brave . . . The new manifesto for women in the workplace.”            —Oprah Winfrey   “Lean In is an inauguration more than a last word, and an occasion for celebration . . . Many, many women, young and old, elite and otherwise, will find it prescriptive, refreshing, and perhaps even revolutionary.”             —Anna Holmes, The New Yorker  “A landmark manifesto . . . Fifty years after The Feminine Mystique . . . Sandberg addresses 21st-century issues that never entered Betty Friedan’s wildest dreams . . . Lean In will be an influential book. It will open the eyes of women who grew up thinking that feminism was ancient history, who recoil at the word but walk heedlessly through the doors it opened. And it will encourage those women to persevere in their professional lives.”             —Janet Maslin, The New York Times   “Lean In poses a set of ambitious challenges to women: to create the lives we want, to be leaders in our work, to be partners in our homes, and to be champions of other women. Sheryl provides pragmatic advice on how women in the twenty-first century can meet these challenges. I hope women—and men—of my generation will read this book to help us build the lives we want to lead and the world we want to live in.”            —Chelsea Clinton “I approached it wearing two hats—one as CEO [and] the other as the parent of a nine-year-old daughter. In both capacities, I feel that Lean In is a must read.”            —Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, in Fortune “Inspirational . . . Sandberg offers concrete suggestions on how to make our work and home life more satisfying and successful.”            —Kare Anderson, Forbes  “What Sandberg offers is a view that shows 20-somethings that choices and tradeoffs surely exist, but that the ‘old normal’ of blunting ambition so that you can fit in one category or another does not have to be the way it is. And that each of us has a say in what comes next. And that includes men.”            —Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, The Atlantic  “Sheryl Sandberg has done a tremendous service with this work. It offers a vital and sharp message, for women and men. We need great leaders in key seats spread throughout all sectors of society, and we simply cannot afford to lose 50 percent of the smartest, most capable people from competing for those seats. Provocative, practical, and inspired!”            —Jim Collins, author of Good to Great “Sandberg recounts her own experiences and dilemmas with great honesty, making it easy for women across cultures and geographies to identify with her. She spells out much that is well known about the problems working women face, but rarely articulated . . . In every word she writes, Sandberg’s authenticity shines through.”            —Shweta Punj, Business Today“Lively, entertaining, urgent, and yes, even courageous . . . Lean In is both a radical read and incredibly accessible . . . While it’s obvious that women have much to gain from reading Sandberg’s book, so do men—perhaps even more so . . . Lean In is the beginning of an important and long-overdue conversation in the United States—but it will only be a national conversation, and one that endures, if men do their part and lean in, too.”            —Michael Cohen, The Guardian   “Grade: A . . . a rallying cry to working women . . . Lean In is the most cogent piece of writing I’ve encountered that speaks to the internal and institutional forces that can trip up an ambitious woman, whether she has a baby on board or not . . . The wisdom she shares here is a gift that all women (and all partners who support them, in the workplace or at home) should give themselves.”            —Meeta Agrawal, Entertainment Weekly  “If you loved Sheryl Sandberg’s incredible TEDTalk on why we have too few women leaders, or simply believe as I do that we need equality in the boardroom, then this book is for you. As Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg has firsthand experience of why having more women in leadership roles is good for business as well as society. Lean In is essential reading for anyone interested in righting the injustice of this inequality.”            —Sir Richard Branson, chairman, the Virgin Group  “Sandberg’s message matters deeply: it has a shot at bringing about a cultural change that would improve the lives of all women.”           —Judith Warner, TIME “A muscular manifesto on the gender inequities of the professional world . . . Sandberg is making a disruptive, crucial observation that puts her very much in line with Friedan: All is not just in the gendered world, and we should be talking urgently about how to make it better.”           —Rebecca Traister, Los Angeles Times  “No one who reads this book will ever doubt that Sandberg herself has the will to lead, not to mention the requisite commitment, intelligence, and ferocious work ethic . . . Sandberg is not just tough, however. She also comes across as compassionate, funny, honest, and likable . . . Most important, she is willing to draw the curtain aside on her own insecurities . . . Lean In is full of gems, slogans that ambitious women would do well to pin up on their wall . . . I nodded in recognition at so much of what Sandberg recounts, page after page.”            —Anne-Marie Slaughter, The New York Times Book Review (cover review)  “Pivotal . . . It’s probably not an overstatement to say Sandberg is embarking on the most ambitious mission to reboot feminism and reframe discussions of gender since the launch of Ms. magazine in 1971. The thing is, she’s in a pretty good position to pull it off.”            —Belinda Luscombe, TIME “Important . . . This is a great moment for all of us—women and men—to acknowledge that the current male-dominated model of success isn’t working for women, and it’s not working for men, either . . . The world needs women to redefine success beyond money and power. We need a third metric, based on our well-being, our health, our ability to unplug and recharge and renew ourselves, and to find joy in both our job and the rest of our life.”             —Arianna Huffington, Forbes “I’ll bet most [women] will be thrilled by Lean In. I suspect at least a few men will read this book and think, Oh no, they’re starting to catch on.”            —Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair “A lucidly written, well-argued, and unabashedly feminist take on women and work, replete with examples from the author’s life.”            —Julia Klein, USA Today  “Having read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, I can testify that it addresses internalized oppression, opposes the external barriers that create it, and urges women to support each other to fight both. It argues not only for women’s equality in the workplace, but men’s equality in home-care and child-rearing. Even its critics are making a deep if inadvertent point: Only in women is success viewed as a barrier to giving advice.”            —Gloria Steinem  “Lean In has plenty for feminists and all women to applaud—and learn from . . . I’m glad Sandberg is speaking out. I’m glad she’s using her platform to help give women the tools to succeed, and to encourage all of us to go out and get what we want. The real strength of Lean In is in its Rosie the Riveter 2.0 message: ‘You can do it! Here’s how.’ . . . A crucial call to action.”            —Jill Filipovic, The Guardian  “A call to live fearlessly . . . Lean In is a memoir, a self-help book, a career management guide, and a feminist manifesto . . . Let’s hope this is a book that is read as much as talked about.”             —Marion Winik, Newsday “Equality is a project everybody must work on together. For too long, achieving equality has been seen as women’s burden . . . By knowing this story, men will become more sophisticated thinkers and actors when it comes to gender . . . Lean In contains a whole lot for men to think seriously about . . . Men just need to read it.”            —Patrick Thibodeau, CIO Magazine   “Unapologetic . . . Sandberg is using her power and influence to try and improve the world . . . Sandberg’s most powerful rhetorical device in the book is a saturation of stats that are sometimes shocking and sometimes reverberating—but always the kind that make you reevaluate what’s going on around us.”             —Nicholas Carlson, Business Insider  “Sandberg’s voice is modest, humorous, warm, and enthusiastic . . . You don’t have to be climbing the corporate ladder—or, as Sandberg would call it, the jungle gym—to find her message useful. Don’t marry a man who isn’t egalitarian? Good plan! Be more confident? Excellent advice . . . I’m buying a copy of Lean In for my daughter and one for my stepdaughter, too.”            —Katha Pollitt, The Nation “Nuanced, persuasive, and brave . . . All of us—women and men alike—who care about creating a more equitable America ought to take her message to heart.”             —Jane Eisner, The Forward “After reading Lean In and listening to Sheryl, I realize that, while I believe I am relatively enlightened, I have not consistently walked the talk . . . I believe we—together—need to drive a fundamental culture change and it is up to us as leaders to make this change happen. What we have been doing hasn’t worked, and it is time to adjust . . . We have an opportunity to make a tremendous difference, and in so doing benefit our people, out culture, our company, and, just maybe, the world.”             —John Chambers, CEO, Cisco “Tremendously relevant . . . necessary . . . Lean In is more about being bold than it is about being female . . . Sandberg can reach beyond boundaries of age, success level, and gender to include all of those who have the privilege of playing on the jungle gym of corporations, academia, and government.”            —Sharon Poczter, Forbes        “A rallying cry for both genders to continue the hard work of previous generations toward a more equitable division of voice, power, and leadership . . . Told with candor and filled with a mix of anecdote and annotated fact, Lean In inspires women to find their passion, pursue it with gusto, and ‘lean in’ to leadership roles in the workplace and the world.”            —Linda Stankard, BookPage “I plan to buy Lean In for our three grown daughters and daughter-in-law . . . In our family, and in families across the country, may the conversations begin.”            —Connie Schultz, Washington Post “I’m guessing that the average boardroom doesn’t have much better gender equality than a team of cave hunters attacking a woolly mammoth 30,000 years ago. So what gives? A provocative answer comes from Sheryl Sandberg, who has written a smart book that attributes the gender gap, in part, to chauvinism and corporate obstacles—but also, in part, to women who don’t aggressively pursue opportunities . . . there is something real and important in what she says.”           —Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times  “Giving women the tools and skills they need to take themselves and society—worldwide—to the next level.”           —Leslie L. Kossoff, Technorati.com “Compelling . . . Sandberg writes with sophistication and thoughtful reflection . . . a book that has a powerful message but that is also full of personal vulnerability and first-hand anecdotes, packed with statistics and footnoted studies that back her points.”            —Susan Adams, Forbes  “Her ideas are reasonable, thoughtful—and necessary.”           —Michelle Goldberg, The Daily Beast “When was the last time anybody talked this much about a women’s place in the world, period? Sandberg’s Lean In is opening up the dialogue—and, in true Silicon Valley fashion, she’s made it scalable . . . It’s put words to what we’d long felt but couldn’t quite articulate; the insecurities, the self-doubt, the fear that causes us to keep our hands down. Because, whether we’d recognized it or not, each of us . . . had been grappling with precisely what Sandberg aims to conquer . . . She’s also managed to bridge a gap that has mystified many an activist before her: reaching women who both self-identify as feminists, and those who don’t.”           —Jessica Bennett, NYMag.com  “This is a book every young woman needs . . . I see her as an inspiration.”           —Colleen Leahey, Fortune “A lucidly written, well-argued and unabashedly feminist take on women and work, replete with examples from the author’s life. It draws on the ideas of no less an icon than Gloria Steinem, a Sandberg friend, and on recent research highlighting the double binds women face as they negotiate the corridors of power.”           —Julia M. Klein, USA Today “To get a sense of how I reacted to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, look no further than the stars and exclamation points that fill the margins of my review copy . . . Among its merits is the way Sandberg doesn’t shy away from describing her own struggles to take risks at work, to ask for what she wants, to negotiate, to find an equal partner.”           —Alexandra Chang, Wired “Sheryl provides practical suggestions for managing and overcoming the challenges that arise on the ‘jungle gym’ of career advancement. I nodded my head in agreement and laughed out loud as I read these pages. Lean In is a superb, witty, candid, and meaningful read for women (and men) of all generations.”             —Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state “To tackle society’s most pressing problems we need to unleash the leadership of both women and men. Lean In shows us the path and is an absolutely invaluable resource for the next generation of leaders and those who support them.”            —Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO, Teach for America “For the past five years, I’ve sat at a desk next to Sheryl and I’ve learned something from her almost every day. She has a remarkable intelligence that can cut through complex processes and find solutions to the hardest problems. Lean In combines Sheryl’s ability to synthesize information with her understanding of how to get the best out of people. The book is smart and honest and funny. Her words will help all readers—especially men—to become better and more effective leaders.”            —Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO, Facebook “Sheryl is a unique business leader because of her versatility and breadth. She has the two traits that are common in every successful leader I have known: curiosity and determination. Sheryl brings all of her insight to Lean In, an important new book that companies can use to get the most out of their talent. With her ideas and actions, Sheryl will help to define leadership in the years to come.”            —Jeff Immelt, CEO, General Electric “The key to opening some of life’s most difficult doors is already in our hands. Sheryl’s book reminds us that we can reach within ourselves to achieve greatness.”             —Alicia Keys