Lean in or lean out?

Rosa Brooks, a law professor at Georgetown University, explained why she hates Sheryl Sandberg, the author of Lean In, in an essay published in the March 16, 2014, issue of The Dallas Morning News.

“I leaned in some more,” she wrote. “I ate protein bars and made important calls during my commute. I stopped reading novels so I could write more articles and memos and make more handicrafts for the school auction. When I came home, I did radio interviews over Skype from my living room while supervising the children’s math homework.”

It was too much leaning in for Brooks. There is only so much that one person can do, and not many of us are Superwomen. Fayteen and I have to remind ourselves to be Resolute Women—with goals and a plan to help us achieve some balance in our lives—because we sometimes try to be Superwomen, too.

It’s not always easy when we have important demands at home and at work. But, as Brooks concludes, sometimes “we need to fight for our right to lean out.”

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