Can Women Afford to Lean Out Instead of Lean In?

I’m reblogging this to emphasize the message (whether strong or not) to salute all women for International Women’s Day.

My true inspiration is my own mother (my Nanay).

Of Means and Ends

photo via foreignpolicy.com photo via foreignpolicy.com

I’ve already shared some of my issues with the Lean In brand of feminism promoted by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. Rosa Brooks at Foreign Policy (whose work on drones I greatly admire) has a new piece arguing that leaning in too much is unhealthy for women:

Ladies, if we want to rule the world — or even just gain an equitable share of leadership positions — we need to stop leaning in. It’s killing us.

We need to fight for our right to lean back and put our feet up.

Here’s the thing: We’ve managed to create a world in which ubiquity is valued above all. If you’re not at your desk every night until nine, your commitment to the job is questioned. If you’re not checking email 24/7, you’re not a reliable colleague.

But in a world in which leaning in at work has come to…

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