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NEW YORK---It s been a year
since Sheryl Sandberg came
out with Lean In, her best-
selling manifesto for work-
ing women, launching a
new catchphrase in the
process. Since then, over 1.75 million copies
have been sold; the book s out in 28 languages,
and will be in eight more by the end of 2014
(a deal was just made for a Kurdish edition.)
And Sandberg s professed goal of seeing
1,000 Lean In "circles"---small support
groups---formed within a year has been
exceeded, actually 16 times over. The Lean
In foundation says 16,023 of them have
formed, in 72 countries.
As she often does on her travels, Sandberg,
the chief operating officer of Facebook, met
with one such group in China. "That was an
emotional experience," she said. "I told them
this was my dream."
There are also Lean In circles on 310 college
campuses, where, Sandberg says, she s found
that graduating students are craving more
age-specific content than the book provided.
And so, "Lean In: For Graduates," out Tuesday,
includes the original text enhanced with new
chapters, many containing concrete advice
For example: How to craft a resume (and
get rid of those typos!). How to handle a first
interview. And how to negotiate a first salary.
Sandberg spoke to The Associated Press
last week, her first US interview about the
new book. She also addressed those persistent
rumours that she may be interested in a future
in politics, and the continued debate over
the word "bossy."
(The interview has been condensed and edit-
ed for clarity.)
AP: The original book resonated so
strongly. Why the need for a new edi-
Sandberg: The most common question I
get is, "I really want to lean in, but HOW?"
Especially from younger people. So this is an
attempt to answer some of those questions.
Also, since Lean In was published, so many
people wrote us these amazing stories that
I just wanted a chance to share. The broad-
ening perspective is really good. This gives
us a chance to address explicitly women of
color. And men "leaning in." For one woman,
her Lean In moment was testifying against
her rapist. It was hard to choose only 12 sto-
You know, if we get to equality, it s going
to be THIS generation that does it. And
they re going to have to start from the begin-
ning of their careers.
Three years ago, you gave a graduation
speech at Barnard, which got everything
started. Is there anything different you d
say in that speech today? (Note: Sand-
berg will give another commencement
speech next month---at City Colleges of
Chicago, a large community college sys-
Yes, I m learning a lot from this process.
What I would add now is the importance of
supporting each other as we "lean in." I think
what all these Lean In circles speak to, and
what we suspected but didn t know, is how
important it is to surround yourself with
peers and make an explicit commitment to
figuring out what your goals are, and going
for it. So I would probably have added: "And
don t do this alone!"
How receptive has this new generation
been to your message?
I d say I ve found this generation very
receptive, and really hungry for specifics.
Which is why we got these chapters written.
About the smallest things, like don t make
typos on your resume! It s a shocking thing
how many great graduates from great schools
make mistakes. And do basic research. This
is not your father s job search.
What about male graduates? Are they
thinking about supporting women?
What s clear is that we won t get to equality
by just women working on it alone. We only
get to equality if men and women work on
it. And it has to be men doing it not just as
a favour to women in their lives, but because
it s good for THEM. And we can t wait until
men are senior. It has to be the millennial
men coming into the work force.
A bunch of the surveys show that millennial
men are much more interested in work-life
balance, much more interested in having lives
that are meaningful. The real question is, is
that going to translate into doing more diapers,
doing the laundry? Because that s what this
We have to ask: There have been
rumours about your interest in political
office in California. Where do you stand?
I m not running for office. Listen, I love
Facebook. I really do. I love tech. I love how
we connect people. And I love Lean In! I ve
met with circles all over the world. I have no
plans to give this up.
Let s talk about the word "bossy."
You ve launched a campaign to ban the
word, when talking about girls. Some
people have raised objections, saying
that "bossy" isn t necessarily a damaging
word, or on the other hand that "bossy"
behavior is not necessarily to be encour-
The goal of Ban Bossy is to make people
aware of how deeply entrenched our stereo-
types are about women in leadership. It s a
program with the Girl Scouts, designed to
address a problem, which is that by middle
school, more boys than girls want to lead,
and that continues into adulthood.
My daughter has been called bossy. Lots
of little girls are. My son has never been called
bossy. And those patterns continue.
Listen, I always say: Next time you re about
to call a little girl bossy, say instead that that
she has executive leadership skills. Everyone
laughs. But then I say, think about saying that
a boy has executive leadership skills. Nobody
laughs. It s not funny! What that points out
is how different our expectations are about
boys and girls.
So the debate about "bossy" is fantastic,
because every single person who talks about
it starts out by acknowledging that we have
different expectations for leadership in girls
and boys; which is exactly what the point
new 'Lean In'
for graduates Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, right, smiles after a news interview with
Megyn Kelly on the show, The Kelly File, on the FOX News Channel, Wednesday, April 9, in New
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