Published on the Melissa Harris-Perry blog. In the public debate raging over Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In, we should pay special attention to the voices of young people–women and men of different backgrounds. This week alone, I have heard from dozens of Millennials in their 20s and 30s, all from working class and middle class families. We know that “leaning in” to careers comes at a cost: it requires us to “lean on” other people for duties like cleaning and childcare. The people we lean on are often from
Published on CNN. "Having it all" is having another cultural moment, with the media suddenly awash in the controversy over a new book on women and leadership from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, just weeks after the furor over Yahoo CEO's Marissa Mayer calling telecommuting employees back into the office -- and presumably pulling women that much further from their work-life balance plan. But plenty of women have pondered the question long before this. CNN.com's Opinion section asked a group of women to describe when they realized they could -- or
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, gave a stunning TED talk, offering women pursuing careers three pieces of practical advice, short and sweet. Sit at the table. Make your partner a real partner. And don't leave before you leave. Sandberg says that her generation is not going to change the number of women at the top. She's right. But the millennial generation has a shot. We've got 20 years. Ready, go.