How realistic is #leanintogether?

Facebook COO, SHow Men Can Succeed in the boardroom and the Bedroom on the New York Times and #leanintogether is generating buzz online these days. This movement has began educating society by offering “tips” on how men can work toward gender equality at home as fathers and at work as employees and managers. As a SAHM and a feminist academic, I remain skeptical about how this can be translated into action in workplaces and homes across America and around the world. While I applaud the movement in involving and challenging men to step up, I wonder how sustainable this initiative is? Without organizations embracing the idea, without managers seeing the improved morale of their workers, without breaking the perceptions about workers with children, without more men speaking out about needing more time with their newborns, without women returning back to work six weeks postpartum, #leanintogether will remain just a viral hashtag.


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