Then, please read these short articles:
Then answer these questions:
Considering what you read for today: Paula Englandâ€™s arguments in â€œThe Gender Revolution: Uneven and Stalledâ€ and Williamsâ€™s arguments in Chapter 3 that the workplace is inherently â€œgenderedâ€ with the â€œmasculine workplace cultureâ€ being the norm. Do you think that Sheryl Sandberg adequately addresses the challenges for most women workers, and aspiring women leaders, in her TED Talk â€œWhy We Have Too Few Women Leadersâ€? What are some factors or variables about the modern workplace that she does not address? Who bears the burden of fixing the problem of there being too few women leaders?
Considering Sandberâ€™g Facebook post 3 years after Lean In and her book Option B (as profiled in the Time article) after her husbandâ€™s sudden death, how did those events change her thinking about the material and structural inequalities that exist for many women (that she â€œgot wrongâ€ with Lean In)?
In Lean In, Sandbergâ€™s rhetoric advocated that women do more for themselves to get ahead (e.g. make better individual choices for themselves), and she argued that the problem of womenâ€™s lack of leadership was their â€œlack of ambitionâ€ (or their tendencies to not sit at the table, leaving before they leave, and taking their foot off the gas pedal of their careers). How in later writings (Facebook posts, Option B, New York Times article) did she begin to consider the need for public policy solutions and changes to a masculine workplace culture? How do her new solutions address some of what Williams called â€œour family-hostile public policy?â€ and how are they different from her perspective in Lean In?
What are your thoughts on the workplace â€œcatty womanâ€ or the â€œQueen Beeâ€? Do you think that these â€œmythsâ€ are still perpetuated in the modern workplace? How are they detrimental to women? How do they work toward ensuring that the gender revolution in the workplace remains â€œuneven and stalledâ€? How do these stereotypes about women lead to women feeling â€œpushedâ€ out of the workplace (rather than truly â€œopting outâ€?)