A heated debate over Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s new book has emerged before it even hit bookshelves.
In the controversial book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, Sandberg argues women’s lack of commitment, even before they have a family, is why so few make it to the top. Is she right?
“I don’t think so,” said Tanisha Sykes, Essence senior editor on Jansing & Co. ”I really disagree with this idea of the blame game and this idea of self sabotage. I just don’t think it’s true.”
Sandberg’s premise is that women lean back from their careers in a search to find balance in their work and home lives, sometimes even ahead of having a family. Something Marie Claire editor Lea Goldman has seen firsthand.
“From the get-go, women are–as Sheryl Sandberg would say–leaning back,” said Goldman to host Chris Jansing. “They’re not coming in aggressively negotiating that higher salary, negotiating those vacation days that men do all too often.”