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Top 5: Weiss Women Remix Sandberg's "Lean In"

Posted on January 19, 2015

Weiss Women Leadership Program fellows recently met with Humanities Liaison, Amy Barlow, in the library's Cole Room to reconsider key messages from Sheryl Sandberg's, Lean In for Graduates. One by one, they deconstructed Sandberg's arguments for why too few women hold leadership positions in the workplace. The Weiss Women then rebuilt these messages, tweaking and recontextualizing Sandberg's advice to enhance its meaning for undergraduate women.

The result of their efforts was a Lean In Remix. Here is a sample--a Top 5 countdown--of messages remixed by the Weiss Women.

Sticky Notes

Weiss Women remix Lean In

1. Sandberg's "Make your partner a real partner" became Realize that you are the greatest partner you could have. Embrace independence. 

2. "Success and likeability" became If boys say something that's not funny, you don't have to laugh (Amy Poehler).*

3. "The myth of doing it all" became Don't glorify the idea of busy.

4. "Sit at the table" became Don't be afraid to apply for campus leadership positions because you don't have the qualifications.

5. "Let's start talking about it" became There should be just as many males in the Wheaton Fems [Feminist Association of Wheaton] as females. Guys should be encouraged to step up.

*Advice from Poehler shared at the 2009 Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Awards. Adopted by the 2015 Weiss Women.

This year's Weiss Women Leadership Program participants were Abigail Epplett, Adaeze Anaebonam, Emily Reynolds, Georgia Michalovic, Hailey Kohler, Kimberly Herbert, Krittika Chatterjee, Maya Benson, Olivia Milne, Rachel Iafolla, and Tiffany Philemy. 

Cole Room

Weiss Women gather in the Cole Room


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