Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power and the Workplace – Facebook and Google veteran Marissa Orr explains why our efforts to close the gender gap have failed
Lean Out offers contrarian, often humorous insights to this critical global dialogue and provides a pathway for both individuals and companies to promote a more inclusive workplace that benefits all employees.
After Marissa Orr, a single mother of three, spent 15 years working at today’s top tech giants like Facebook and Google, she became frustrated with the companies’ efforts to promote more women. The lectures, workshops, and trainings delivered the subtle message that success requires adopting the behaviour of her male colleagues.
Orr realised that closing the gender gap in corporate America won’t improve women’s lives, because the goal stems from a male worldview, built on the premise of female inferiority – and that’s why the numbers at the top have barely budged, despite 30 years of trying.
Based on in-depth research and eye-opening personal experiences, author and tech industry veteran Orr explains:
- Why our pursuit to close the gender gap has come at the expense of female well-being.
- The need to re-examine the business world’s paradigm of a ‘successful leader’.
- How greater diversity in corporate leadership will foster healthier work environments that benefit both women and men.
Orr’s revolutionary message is resonating with women, who are fed up with the status quo and ready to define success on their own terms.
About the author
During her 15 years at today’s top tech giants, Facebook and Google, Marissa became disenchanted with the steady stream of advice coming from most female leadership programs. Ignoring the real concerns faced by most working women and offering prescriptions for success that hinged on acting more like men. She wrote Lean Out to tell another side of the story of women at work.