Bookshelf: Lean In and Leftover Women

Possibly the most commented-on thing I’ve ever written online came about when I said that I didn’t really want to read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, a bestseller in which the Facebook COO encourages young women to take charge of their careers and aim for the top. Even thoughContinue reading “Bookshelf: Lean In and Leftover Women

Leftover Women: In Pictures

I began reading Leta Hong Fincher’s eagerly anticipated Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China last night, and one chapter in, I now know that the Marriage and Family Research Association here classifies me as a Category 3 Leftover Woman (ages 31-35, dubbed the “Buddha of victorious battles” for achieving professional advancement—though aContinue reading “Leftover Women: In Pictures”

Lean In Too Much and You Might Fall Over

I’ve never before been to a conference panel that left both the speakers and audience in tears, but experienced that for the first time at the Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) meeting yesterday. Titled “Leaning In, Opting Out, and Moving Up: A Roundtable on Women in the Academy,” the panel featured four women whoContinue reading “Lean In Too Much and You Might Fall Over”

Selling Thin in China

After stating in my very first post here yesterday that I wanted this space to be about more than just China, I’m going to jump in with a short piece about … China. Today is the National Organization for Women’s Love Your Body Day, an event designed “to send a positive message to women andContinue reading “Selling Thin in China”