Sheryl Sandberg, Leaning in or Taking Us Back?

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Sheryl Sandberg, Leaning in or Taking Us Back?

This weekend Melissa Harris Perry's round table of feminists talked about Sheryl Sandberg's hotly contested new book "Lean In." Criticism of the book has ranged from a "rich girls guide to having it all" to a an important critique of women's issues in our time ala Betty Fredan's "Feminine Mystique".

If you're one of the ones wondering about Sandberg's feminist ethics (an avowed Gloria Steinem fan albeit, late to the party)  and have not yet read the book, here's what Gloria had to say:

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.

And here's MHP's round table: