#LeanInTogether is trending across the Nation with supporters like Beyoncé, Dywane Wade, and Serena Williams. So what exactly is all this about? Let's start from the beginning.
To 'Lean In' means to have confidence and embrace challenge and risk in the workplace; specifically targeting women who unconsciously allow societal expectations to influence individual goals.
It is pretty well known that the author of the 'Lean In' book, Sheryl Sandberg, is smart, white, rich, and privileged.
Therefore, as a black girl without a trust fund, I have to adapt those principles to my life in a pretty creative fashion. That is the purpose of this blog. I encourage you to do the same! At the end of the day, I want to reap the reward of high achievement (Example: a VP Position.)
#LeanInTogether is perfect example of cultural differences. Today, hundreds of women posted pictures on social media of their husbands/boyfriends/fathers who help them change diapers, share responsibilities, and encourage them to achieve in school and work. Here is Keisha's problem: 74% of all African American Households are single parents, mostly, single mothers.(Compared to 29% Whites)
So how the heck is Keisha going to get that support if she does not have a partner?
1) Welp, she could get married. (Hello, online dating)
2) She could hire help. That's if she can afford it.
3) Join the Single Mothers Club (shoutout to Tyler Perry).
4) Become exhausted and not lean in.
This #LeanInTogether campaign strongly opposes the standing 'I Can Do Bad All By Myself' campaign that Keisha is currently on.
Question: As a single mother, who do you Lean On?