When Leaning In Isn't Enough

Even when women choose not to leave before they leave, sometimes it’s not up to them.

There's more to it.

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When Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” was published in 2013, I was a bit perplexed by one of the bigger premises of the book: “Don’t leave before you leave.” Women, she wrote, shouldn’t talk themselves out of opportunities because they’re worried about the impact that having a family could have on their careers. Duh, I thought. That’s like planning for the heart attack you might have in your 50s.

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