I’m pretty torn about how I feel about this article referencing Sheryl Sandberg’s thoughts on women and their careers. It states:
Sandberg says many women are quietly checking out of their careers, years before they actually start a family. She believes women rarely make a sweeping decision to give up work to look after children, but instead make a string of choices from early on that propel them towards that end result, none the less.
But rather than reinforcing firms’ grumbles over maternity leave, her point was that more openness (in companies) could actually help women themselves, as well as helping companies plan staffing and maternity leave.
I think openness is a great thing…if it is equitable. If companies want to be able to talk to women about their family plans, shouldn’t they also ask men?
Theoretically, the answer is yes, but the problem is that the question would never be put to a man because it is assumed that having children is in no way going to alter their performance or commitment to their work. Not the case for women.
A pretty taboo subject to tackle and I commend her for it, however, I’m not sure saying women “give up” before they even try is absolutely accurate.