Michelle Obama calls Facebook chief Sandberg's 'lean in' advice 'a lie'

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Michelle Obama calls Facebook chief Sandberg's 'lean in' advice 'a lie'

Michelle Obama attends an event at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in London on Dec. 3. Reuters

By Jung Min-ho

Michelle Obama is not a fan of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg's "lean in" advice for working women.

As part of her "Becoming" book tour at the Barclays Center, New York, Saturday (local time), the former first lady said the advice from Sandberg's book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," is simply "a lie."

"Marriage still ain't equal," Obama reportedly said. "It ain't equal. I tell women that whole 'you can have it all' ― nope, not at the same time; that's a lie. It's not always enough to lean in, because that s―- doesn't work."

In the book published in 2013, Sandberg claimed women should assert themselves more at work and in their communities to avoid ending up in subordinate positions.

The book has drawn fans and critics alike. Some feminists said feminism should not be used for privileged women like Sandberg as a tool to advance their careers and sell books.


Michelle Obama attends an event at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in London on Dec. 3. Reuters

By Jung Min-ho

Michelle Obama is not a fan of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg's "lean in" advice for working women.

As part of her "Becoming" book tour at the Barclays Center, New York, Saturday (local time), the former first lady said the advice from Sandberg's book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," is simply "a lie."

"Marriage still ain't equal," Obama reportedly said. "It ain't equal. I tell women that whole 'you can have it all' ― nope, not at the same time; that's a lie. It's not always enough to lean in, because that s―- doesn't work."

In the book published in 2013, Sandberg claimed women should assert themselves more at work and in their communities to avoid ending up in subordinate positions.

The book has drawn fans and critics alike. Some feminists said feminism should not be used for privileged women like Sandberg as a tool to advance their careers and sell books.


Jung Min-ho mj6c2@koreatimes.co.kr


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