Lean In.

More and more women are heading to post-secondary institutions, and are taking initiative on their careers. Although we no longer live in a society where only men are the family bread winner, many women are still making less than the man doing the same job. I recently finished reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, where she urges women everywhere to increase awareness and fight for equality in the workplace.

[ FITDEETS | Blazer & Shirt: H&M. |Jeans: Bootlegger.| Booties: Urban Outfitters. | Watch: Michael Kors.]
 

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As I was making my way through it I had two thoughts: it is a very feminist point of view, and everyone who follows ethreeone. should read the book. Anyone who doubts my advice, don’t judge a book by its cover…until you have given it a chance. I was pretty hard on Sandberg as I was reading it; I kept thinking it was a load of feminist bullshit, but as I got to the end I realized that whether or not I agreed with what she was saying, it allowed me to question my beliefs and values and become inspired within my growing career.

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It is important as a woman to inspire and support other women, only by doing that will we succeed in reaching, and surpassing (obviously) the men hogging all the power. You don’t have to call yourself a feminist, nor do you have to join a movement; making small changes to support other women will continue to grow the cause.

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There is no reason to hide your femininity to appear professional; be proud of your gender and be confident in your career. Wear pink if you want to wear pink, even if it labels you as girly. The outfit I chose is not adhering to male professionalism: there is no black, there are ruffles, and there is pink. It does not make the outfit less business or less professional. I am wearing high-waist, dark jeans, but they could easily be replaced with dress pants or a skirt if jeans are not appropriate.

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The whole book is full of fantastic quotes to inspire women to lean in to their career, but I chose two that really stood out for me:

“Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if
she is always waiting to be told what to do.”
 

“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.”
 

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