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Michelle Obama: Sheryl Sandberg ‘lean in’ doesn’t work all the time

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Obama visited The Lower Eastside Girls Club on
Friday.

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  • Michelle Obama said that the “lean in’ approach for
    women in the workplace, advocated for by Facebook COO Sheryl
    Sandberg, isn’t always enough for women.
  • She said that the idea that women can have it all at
    the same time is “a lie.”
  • “It’s not always enough to lean in, because
    that
    s–t doesn’t work all the time,” Obama
    said.
  • Sandberg’s approach has been criticized for suggesting
    that individual women have to be the solution to workplace
    inequality rather than widespread policy changes.

Michelle Obama criticized Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s “lean
in” strategy as insufficient for women trying to excel in their
careers.

“That whole ‘so you can have it all.’ Nope, not at the same
time,” Obama said at an event for her book “Becoming” in New
York,
New York magazine reported. 

“That’s a lie. And it’s not always enough to lean in, because
that s–t doesn’t work all the time.”

Sandberg famously advocated for women to take charge in the
workplace in her 2013 book “Lean In.” It encouraged women to
supercharge their own careers by improving their
negotiation tactics, striving to fill leadership roles at
work, and taking control of their professional life.

Read more:

Here are 25 things we learned from Michelle Obama’s new
memoir, “Becoming.”

Obama quickly apologized for swearing, New York Magazine
reported. “I forgot where I was for a moment!,” she
said.

Obama’s comments are not the first criticism of Sandberg’s
approach, which is accused of suggesting that individual women
have to be the solution to workplace inequality rather than
widespread policy changes.

In
a study this year
, a group of Duke University psychology
professors used 2,000 participants to test the “lean
in” approach and how it worked with structural and systemic
disadvantages women face in the workplace.

One group of women read excerpts from “Lean In” and
listened to portions of Sandberg’s TED talks that focused on how
women should be more confident in the office.


sheryl sandberg
Facebook COO Sheryl
Sandberg.

Reuters

Researchers found that they ended the trial with the belief
that women can end workplace inequality but “were also more
likely to believe that women are responsible for the problem —
both for causing it, and for fixing it.”

Read more:


5 years after Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg’s famous book told
women to ‘lean in,’ it appears that advice may have mixed
results

Sandberg addressed the criticism that her book left out
underprivileged women back in 2016,
telling CBS that, “I
did not really get how hard it is to succeed at work when you are
overwhelmed at home.”

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