Lean In
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.

Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they'd feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in.

The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women's favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world's most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

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  • Sarah SE
    Aug 18, 2016

    Sarah SE

    This is, perhaps, the most important book I've ever read, in terms of the impact it has already had on my personal and professional life choices. It was literally stunning; I often had to walk away from the book, as each chapter was equally devastating and inspiring and I just needed t...

  • Susan
    Aug 16, 2015


    Question: When is a book not a book? Answer: When it has 37 footnotes by the 24th page.Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg is nothing more than a thesis paper thinly disguised and marketed by the publishing company as the next "it" book for women. Well...not al...

  • Diane
    Aug 12, 2015


    This book has received so much hype and media coverage that by the time I sat down to read it, I already knew most of the contents. Sheryl Sandberg, as you probably know, is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is frequently ranked on Most-Powerful-Women lists. This is her so-ca...

  • Nyamka Ganni
    Jan 25, 2015

    Nyamka Ganni

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  • Morgane
    Jan 25, 2014


    The only reason this gets more than 1 star is because hey, at least SOMEONE is pointing out there's rampant sexism in the world.Who is the target audience here? Other white women who went to Harvard, worked at Google, and had a lot of resources to help raise two kids? Or is it men who ...

  • Molly Voorheis
    Jan 8, 2014

    Molly Voorheis

    If you are the daughter of two professional parents, have two siblings who are doctors, attended an Ivy League university and a prestigious business school where one of your professors was a future director of the World Bank and a Cabinet member, and you aspire to lead several world-cl...

  • Erica
    Dec 4, 2013


    Read this book if you want to get inside the head of a power elite. Read this book if you want to hear about all of the things that women do wrong, to make sure you don't make the same mistakes. And then, read this book if you want to read all about why Marissa Mayer should be supporte...

  • Ben Jaques
    Dec 4, 2013

    Ben Jaques

    Lean In... Oh Lean In... the book of the moment. There are some large complaints about this book. That it should be men who change their behavior at work. That this book undermines the need to make structural changes in work to diminish barriers to women. That women are to blame for th...

  • Ceilidh
    Dec 4, 2013


    2.5 stars to be more precise. Sandberg is far more likeable than I expected and I appreciated her self-deprecating sense of humour, honesty about her insecurities and enthusiasm for supporting other women. I nodded along quite a bit when she talked about crying at work (been there, don...

  • Afsheen
    Dec 4, 2013


    This book is terrible on all levels. It is written at a level beneath anyone who might hope to achieve the type of success she discusses. And the message is wrong. I consider myself a woman who is successful in the workplace, but not because I act aggressive like a man-- rather, becaus...