Most women will never be as successful as Sheryl Sandberg. Yet, the female face of Facebook hopes her soon-to-be-released book "Lean In," and the companion community site LeanIn.org, will empower women to reach the top of their fields.
LeanIn.org launched today to provide readers of the book, which will be released on March 11, a place to congregate and address the challenges women face in the workplace and at home. The site is part of a larger startup initiative and gives Sandberg, currently Facebook's chief financial officer, the added title of founder.
"Together, we are stronger than any one of us alone," Sandberg wrote in a blog post posted to the new site. "Together, we can break down the stereotypes that hold us all back, making our organizations more productive and our homes happier. Together, we can create a world where everyone -- women and men, girls and boys -- has true choice and equal opportunity to follow his or her dreams."
A Lean In Circle, the digital home for Sandberg's groups.
The site features the stories of other successful women, but primarily serves as the digital home for Sandberg's book club-like creation: Lean In Circles. Circles are groups of eight to 10 people that congregate online and meet offline to share their stories and discuss how they can achieve their goals. The LeanIn.org site provides Circle organizers and members with a variety of tools
to facilitate discussion and education.
The success of the site and Sandberg's Circles will largely depend on how well the book resonates with female readers. Sandberg has been criticized
as a superwoman disconnected from the home and workplace challenges of the mere mortals she hopes to appeal to with her "Lean In" movement.