Over the weekend, Phil and I spent some time with my folks on Amelia Island, Florida. We had a much needed break from the Seattle rain hanging out with my parents, relaxing on the beach, and eating great food. What could be better than mom’s cooking, bottomless sweet tea, and east coast seafood?
There’s a lot of buzz about Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In and I’ve been curious about her perspective on women’s issues for a few weeks now. I took her book with me as my beach reading for the trip and have been inspired by her work. I’m nearly finished with the book but I really appreciate her perspective on the barriers women create for themselves with regard to their success. In her book, she acknowledges the external factors that keep women from succeeding in the work force, but as a psychology grad I find her thoughts on how women hold themselves back the most intriguing. She writes: “In addition to the external barriers erected by society, women are hindered by barriers that exist within ourselves. We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.” (Sandberg, 8).
I strongly recommend her book. Beach optional.