How Can You “Lean In” if You Can’t “Get In”?

So when I read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, I kind of laughed to myself. Everything in the book pertaining to her life was so unrelatable to mine and probably most black women. She grew up in a household with a college educated mother and father. Even though her mother became a stay-at-home mom, she was able to reinvent herself by leading and heading up organizations outside of the home. Showing Sheryl leadership qualities needed to lead. Sheryl took on the task of “leading” her siblings because she saw women in her life take on leadership roles.

They may not have done it in an office setting but they led nonetheless. I realized Sheryl was talking to women who had the opportunity to lead. For those who got to this place, this is a great book. But if you are black women this question should come to mind, how can you “Lean In” when you can’t “Get In”? I want to pose this question to the black women in corporate America, why do you think we can’t “Get In”? What are the things holding us back from being leaders in Corporate America?


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