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Why I avoided reading "Lean In"​ for a (very) long time


It seems like a betrayal of the Sisterhood to admit that not only did I not rush out and buy Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In when it first came out, but I actually avoided any blog, video, or “oh-my-gosh-I-just-read-the-best-book-ever” conversation about it. There was something about the title that was off-putting to me. 

Lean in. 

To me that meant giving in. Meeting more than halfway. I didn’t want to read a book that was going to suggest that I compromise in any way to make men more comfortable …

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I Know Why Women Make .72 to a Man's Dollar


Women make on average .72 for every $1 a man makes. 

Do I have your attention? Good.

The gender wage gap. Sexy topic, I know.

But what is it?

If a woman and a man have the same job, same skills, same degree, odds are very high that he will be getting paid more. 

On average, for every dollar that a man is paid, a woman with the same skills and experience will be making between 72-83 cents. 

Does that not seem ridiculous? You may be wondering why, and how, and why we as smart informed women …

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