I read this book because I took on a position as a Lecturer at a university in Hong Kong, where I design digital classes for graduate students. Many of these students want to go on to work in finance, in business, in Hong Kong. I was myself also curious about the book. What was the argument, what did it mean to lean in? I'd heard the phrase repeatedly over the past year or two.
Of course I like the idea very much. To lean in to what you love, to work, to continue to contribute to the world, to speak up and to work for equality. Sandberg writes well, and passionately about these issues, though I understand, as she does, that she speaks from the top to those with the ability to also speak out.
As I get older and closer to planning a family, I've started to think more seriously about the issue of family and work - or, more accurately, the issue has weighed on me more heavily. (I've always been a bit nearsighted when it came to understanding what would be around the corner.) I used to think that perhaps I'd take a break when raising children. But this was maybe a few years ago, in my mid-twenties, when I was working a job that I wasn't particularly passionate about. Now, at thirty I am lucky enough to be building a career in the field of my passion - writing, educating, editing - and I never want it to stop. I am especially fortunate that my work is mostly online and that I can handle the solitude of working from home. In fact, I quite enjoy it.
I am quietly working away, writing every morning, teaching in the afternoons, editing the magazine, in peace and calm, and I'd like nothing more than just a year or two more of this. I guess sometimes women stop working because they don't love what they do and then their love for children feels respectively overwhelming. I also never understood women who wanted to wait, to achieve more, to be more themselves before having children. These days I do.