I was asked to read this as part of a women's conference being held internally at my organization. It would be impolitic to decline so I will be going. My concern with this conference, which will include senior leadership, is that I'll have access to resources that others (men) within my organization won't. Of course I want networking opportunities, but I work with both women AND men, so I'd like to network with both sexes. But, I've digressed. I was suspicious of the book, and wasn't encouraged when she started out talking about special parking for pregnant women.
I was pleasantly surprised by most of the book. There is a lot of helpful information in there for both men and women. It made me think, and sometimes I got angry. I don't have children, and, frankly, I'm getting a little tired of being expected to pick up the slack left by those who take extended maternity leave. I have a coworker who had 5 children in 7 years (two pregnancies were twins), when she was on maternity leave and after since she was nursing, her travel responsibilities were handed over to me. I budget for my travel (I have to make pet sitting arrangements), but adding hers on top of mine meant another $150-$250 dollars per month out of my pocket. Not to mention having to take over her client load and all the extra work that entails. I was never even thanked - and certainly not reimbursed for my added expenses.
I don't think she should lose her job or be penalized. But, there is no recognition that those w/o children pick up the slack. For about 2 years in my office, only two people were even able to travel because the others all had young children and it would've been 'too big a burden for them'. The book made only a slight reference to women without children and how they feel like their free time is less valuable. Even that example was for a woman who wanted the opportunity to go to parties to meet a man with whom to have children. I will never have children. I just think that my personal time is as valuable as the next woman's regardless of whether I want to go watch my kid's soccer game or watch reruns of Seinfeld. People w/o out children are asked to do to things at work that those with children would never be asked to do because our free time is somehow viewed as less important.
The book makes some great observations and suggestions, many of which I'll employ. But, she does seem out of touch with reality. She takes great pains to say that she realizes she has more resources than many women out there. I just keep thinking how she notes one compromise with her husband meant her husband moving the headquarters of his new company from southern California to northern California. I bet those whose jobs moved didn't feel that was a big win for them.
I loved the book and couldn't believe that I related to a CFO of a major company. I am a working mom and have the same feelings that she did. I guess this book made me realize that we all daughters, sisters, wives, and moms. We just have different professions and different lives but really we are all fighting a battle and we should try and fight it together! We need to be kinder to another, less judgmental and to just give each other a break!
The book talked to me and my current professional situation. I am not a mother and the book can probably help many women have children however there is a whole aspect of leaning in that any woman should listen and this book really helps.
It's about incentive. Women do not believe they are ready for the job whereas men are always ready even if they are not. This book tell us to be brave and to believe in ourselves. Sheryl also gives very interesting data to prove her points, which supports her arguments very well.
Her voice really gives the emotion to the story. It reads is in a very engaging way.
It's a easy reading/listening. it would take only 6 hours and 30 min to go through it, so I am sure you can listen in one go.
I loved this book and felt all of the advice should have probably been given to me in my 20's. I feel it has provided me with a better perspective of my career and life so I can make the best choices for me in the future.
I find the personal stories relatable and humorous at times. It does make me become more aware of the things I am doing right and wrong at work and career development. This journey felt as if she is personally mentoring me. :)