Lots Of Reasons To LEAN-IN

Obama on Women

Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, talks about her concept and the title of her book Lean In that explores the ways that women still struggle with success in the business world. She encourages women to become their most capable and not be intimidated by the boys.

As part of that mission, Ms. Sandberg started a nonprofit, LeanIn.org, where women can meet regularly with others in small peer groups called Circles to learn and share. Sounds like the new form of conscious raising that was so successful in my era.

This week LeanIn.org announced a partnership with one of the biggest providers of stock photography to offer a special collection of images that represent women and families in more empowering ways. The new library shows professional women as surgeons, painters, bakers, soldiers and hunters. There are girls riding skateboards, women lifting weights and fathers changing babies’ diapers. It’s quite an improvement over some of the horrific digital campaigns of the past.

On the political front, EMILY’s List has launched an Impact Series to highlight the fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to a political system by Democratic women in Congress. Some of the issues address sexual assault in the military, threats to reproductive rights, inequality in the workplace and hindrances to the advancement of American women and families. The series will not only showcase the importance of the political force of women but also work to encourage and empower more women to join the ranks. To date there are twenty women in the Senate and seventy-nine women in the House of Representatives.

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