Sheryl Sandberg Launches ‘Lean In On Campus’ Initiative To Encourage Progressive Career Women

November 8, 2013  |  

Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will To Lead, is continuing the mission of her book by encouraging universities to establish “Lean In On Campus,” a social group that pushes women to pursue higher career goals, USA Today College reports.

In a recent interview, Sandberg explained that as Facebook’s COO, she would ask her female employees to pursue the next career rung, but they would often say, “Um, I’m not sure I’m qualified…” A response, Sandberg says, she’s never heard a man say. LeanIn.org, a site that seeks to restore faith in a woman’s career capabilities, is launching a new initiative to further Sandberg’s Lean In message: Lean in On Campus.

“Lean In on Campus encourages undergraduate and graduate students to launch Lean In Circles on their campuses.The program was launched through a live conversation with Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook headquarters on Oct. 28,” USA Today College adds.

Lean In Circles, according to Sandberg, are small peer groups that allow women to support each other and talk about today’s gender issues. “We all achieve more in groups, than we do as individuals. That’s why we’re forming Lean In Circles.” she says.

“As men get more successful and become leaders, they are more liked by women and men alike.  More people want to date them. More people want to partner with them. More people want to work with them. As women get more successful, they get less liked and sometimes fewer people want to date them — they become unattractive both on the professional and personal realm,” Sandberg said.

As long as that’s true, Sandberg says, it will hold women back. She added that men often live in a world of “and” and women live in a world of “or.” Men know they can have a career and have a family. Women, according to Sandberg, often feel they have to choose. Because of this, Sandberg believes that students should launch Lean In On Campus to form an atmosphere of “confidentiality” and “trust;” it will encourage women to kick down these social barriers and progress in their careers.

In another recent interview with Fortune magazine, Sandberg explained that many of the male CEOs disgraced her “Lean In” campaign: “You are costing me so much money because all the women want to be paid as much as men,” they said. Facebook’s COO said that she’s not sorry at all; if her book and Lean In Circles inspires women to ask for a raise. “That’s awesome,” she said.

You heard Sandberg. She wants you to “lean in,” which in her words means to believe that you can do anything and just go for it!

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