There’s no aphorism that describes successful women more than “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”

Yet, thankfully we keep doing. As we are Millennial women who’ve worked under plenty of women, and are now on our second female CEO, we’ve reaped the benefits of this “doing” firsthand. It was a lot harder to be in the workforce 30, 20 or even 10 years ago — sheerly as a numbers game.

As women in our early 30s, we’re just beginning the adventure of being successful females with families, and we appreciate that there are more of us around these days. But to us the discussion around this is still somewhat stilted, as there is a generation gap still not accounted in the narrative.

We’re not the first women to find something very wrong with media criticism of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In” and her efforts to help empower professional women. Sandberg postulates that many women tend to not “lean in” to their careers. Instead of leaning back, she encourages women to remain focused on their professional work and not to neglect that work in favor of responsibilities with family and home.


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