Lean Out, The Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace

~ Harper Collins

More than half a century since the equal pay act, the wage gap still hovers at 80%. Half a billion dollars are spent annually on corporate diversity programs, and yet, only 5% of CEOs in the Fortune 500 are women. “Lean Out” is an ambitious attempt to answer the question few dare to ask: what have we gotten wrong about women at work?

Based on in-depth research and personal experiences, Lean Out, follows the journey of Marissa Orr, a single mom of three trying to find success in her 15-year career at the world’s top tech giants. In an eye-opening account, Orr exposes the systemic dysfunction at the heart of today’s most powerful corporations and how their pursuit to close the gender gap has come at the expense of female well being.

“Fewer women at the top is a clear signal that the system is broken,” says Orr. “With female-dominant strengths such as empathy and consensus-building being the future of business, the headlines forecast that women will dominate the future generations of corporate leaders. But that won’t happen until prescriptions for success stop requiring women to act more like men, mistaking traits such as empathy as signals of weakness.”

Lean Out provides a new and refreshingly candid perspective on what it’s really like for today’s corporate underdogs while challenging the modern feminist rhetoric and debunking the philosophy that suggests everyone has to be the same in order to be equal. Offering a compelling new argument for why more women don’t make it to the top, “Lean Out” is not simply a counterargument to modern feminist rhetoric, but a revolutionary path forward to change the trajectory of the lives of women in the corporate world and beyond.