I've read Lean In - it's a very "basic" read. You could knock it off in a few hours. Some of her advice is very unrealistic unless you can afford a nanny. Some parts are interesting. Not worth buying though. Mine was free!
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17-07-2014 23:33 #23Senior Member
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I really resented the way she wrote the article as if she represented the majority of women.
Yeah, this. She is doing absolutely nothing to advance gender equality and women's roles in society, sounds like she's in bed with Tony Abbott quite frankly.
I don't have a partner at all and I haven't become a crap employee since having kids. I've done the opposite, by building up a career, which I didn't have pre-kids. Of course some things become less feasible now, like jetting off at a moment's notice, but my job doesn't require that. Neither do many, if not most, others.
And WHY is it just continually accepted that it's a woman's place to take all the hits she talks about? Why does the author put up with her husband working round the clock if it bothers her so much? Why is it just automatically assumed that women will make the sacrifices while men keep on going as though they never had a child at all? Why do women like this not only put up with it, but CONDONE it??
We don't all become incompetent as working mothers. Some of us, yes, too many of us put up with the unfairness of career and financial disadvantage as a result, but this is not due to the innate inability of women to switch between tasks & roles, as the author claims. What a load of BS. It's due to the entitlement society gives to too many men to have the privilege of parenting without the sacrifice made by too many women. If that makes any sense.
This is definitely a reflection of one woman's experience applied, inaccurately, to *all* working mothers. And to be blunt, if it takes the author 3 hours of a morning to get the kids ready there is something seriously wrong with her time management skills.
20-07-2014 19:05 #24
20-07-2014 19:17 #25
Hmmm, I wonder why she thinks it's harder for women to proceed in the workforce after children than men?
20-07-2014 19:22 #26
I honestly know that I am better in my career post children.
It gave me a comfidence and a purpose I didn't have. Plus I have stopped all the fluffing around and get the job done in a very efficient way.
Yes my non parents colleagues spend hours discussing footy, soccer, horse racing etc or discussing which option to chose for a project over a coffee.
In that time I have finished said project and going home at 5 when they are only starting to work
It looks like they are doing massive hours when they send emails late and over the week end but I know that they are just wasting their office working hours
Lucky lots of managers in my job are parents and see right though it.
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20-07-2014 22:12 #27
I was appalled by most of the article. I'm not yet working but in negotiations to start working again so can't put personal experience to it as yet.
The only part of the article I liked was "give a mother a sleeping baby for an hour and she will get 10 times more done than a childless employee"
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23-07-2014 21:10 #28
ha ha i liked that part too!
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