The uproar surrounding Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book about women in the workplace began even before it was released. Women in the workplace was the topic of her popular 2010 TED Talk, “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders,” which garnered more than six million views. Perhaps anticipating criticism, Sandberg includes disclaimers acknowledging that not all women share her advantages, her ambition or her idea of success.
Lean In is an international bestseller, and an Amazon best book of the month. It gained breathless reviews from thoughtful sources. Oprah Winfrey called it, “Honest and brave…the new manifesto for women in the workplace.” Anna Holmes, writing in The New Yorker, said, “Many, many women, young and old, elite and otherwise, will find it prescriptive, refreshing and perhaps even revolutionary.”