Some Cobbled Together Thoughts On The #BanBossy Campaign

I've been thinking a lot about Sheryl Sandberg's new #BanBossy campaign over the last week or so since it debuted. I've read the thinkpieces both for and against, and even the ones that fell in the middle of the road. And after considering all of the very valid critiques, I've realized why this campaign bugs me so… » 3/15/14 3:43pm 3/15/14 3:43pm

​You Don't Need to Ban 'Bossy' — You Need to Take Away Its Power

The word bossy is not a bad word as words go. It can even be kinda great. It's when someone is aggressive to get shit done. Anyone can be bossy — go ahead and tell me you've never met a bossy guy without a title in sight. But you don't need a study to tell you this is a word usually reserved for women who give orders,… » 3/13/14 2:50pm 3/13/14 2:50pm

Sheryl Sandberg Bossily Insists that We Ban the Word 'Bossy'

Sheryl Sandberg! is speaking out about the gendered nature of the word "bossy"—the way that men get to be the boss (competent, powerful, in control), while women are coded as bossy (nagging, domineering, stepping out of their place). Sandberg, along with Condoleezza Rice and Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez, is… » 3/08/14 3:45pm 3/08/14 3:45pm

Lean In and Getty Work to Diversify Available Stock Photos of Women

Stock photos are their own special kind of entertainment (see: the images that come up when you search "feminist" or the unnecessarily sexy ones that found when you search anything). But for Sheryl Sandberg, stock photos are a missed opportunity to to show the world what women really look like. » 2/10/14 4:00pm 2/10/14 4:00pm

Invite-Only Oceanside Conference Vows to "Reset the Agenda for Women"

Makers began as a documentary about the history of women's equality developed by AOL and PBS, but seems to have morphed into a brand of its own. Next week, Makers is hosting a three-day conference where Sheryl Sandberg, Eric Schmidt, Tim Armstrong, and others plan to "reset the agenda for women in the workplace in the… » 2/03/14 8:59pm 2/03/14 8:59pm

"Sheryl Sandberg Sex Laundry" Has To be the Worst Lesson From Lean In

Salesforce's annual Dreamforce conference—"the biggest cloud computing event of the year"—already mocked Wal-Mart workers protesting Marissa Mayer's board seat and broke a local hospitality union's boycott by hosting it at the Moscone Center. So why not add regressive gender norms to the list? » 11/22/13 11:59am 11/22/13 11:59am

There's More to the Sandberg Publicist 'Cat Fight' Than Meets the Eye

After Dissent magazine published a rather lengthy and critical review of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In by Kate Losse earlier this week, Losse received a private message on Facebook from Brandee Barker, one of the publicists for the book/movement, telling her, "There's a special place in hell for you." Losse took a screen… » 3/29/13 10:00am 3/29/13 10:00am

Sheryl Sandberg on Why It's OK to Cry at Work

Before Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, came out earlier this week, her "sort of feminist manifesto" had already kicked up a storm of backlash and backlash to the backlash and backlash to the backlash backlash—you know, that old trap we typically fall into within… » 3/13/13 12:30pm 3/13/13 12:30pm

Feminism May Be Nearing Her Expiration Date

Maybe nobody cares if Katy "Cupcakes" Perry is a feminist. But if Marissa Mayer, by all accounts a brilliant, successful woman and CEO of a globally recognized brand, doesn't really wanna hang her hat where feminism lives, and neither do younger women, is the problem us? Or them? Or does this continued resistance to… » 3/07/13 3:35pm 3/07/13 3:35pm