Women of Color Speak Out About "Leaning In"

4 years ago

If there's one thing that bothers me about the brouhaha surrounding Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In movement, it's that the discussion about work-family balance once again focuses overwhelmingly on white, upper-middle class women. Again, there is no mention of women who must deal with racism, chronic poverty or cultural expectations in the careers. Well, the Latoya Peterson at Racialicious has read my mind, because she's unrolling a new series featuring the voices of women of color sharing their stories. Here's her preview:

While many of Sandberg’s critics point to the failure to engage with class as a key failing of the book, most of the coverage focuses on Sandberg herself. And while much has been made about whether Sandberg is too privileged to accurately shed light on the lives of all kinds of women, the voices of women across race and class lines are once again erased from the conversation.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to explore the topics in the book. We will host perspectives on Lean In, but also why women of color leave corporate environments in favor of forging our own paths in entrepreneurship. And we’ll look at what happens when Leaning In just isn’t an option.

African American woman working on finances, Image Credit: Shutterstock

I'm really looking forward to reading these posts from familiar names such as Tami Winfrey Harris, Adria Richards, and Farai Chideya. Check Racialicious over the next two weeks for updates, and meanwhile, let's start talking: is navigating career and family influenced by race and culture? Share your thoughts, in the comments.

News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs at HapaMama and A Year (Almost) Without Shopping.

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