You, the women of South Africa, are one of the most powerful people on Earth. Change what you believe is possible for yourself.
She has been catapulted into the limelight as a pillar of candour and inspiration for women juggling the often conflicting demands of career and home, thanks to the success of her book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Branded “feminism’s new boss,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has also created a foundation, Lean In, which aims to eradicate gender inequality in the workplace. Johanna Mukoki, managing director and founder of the corporate travel management company Travel with Flair, salutes the visionary who is blazing a trail for women who mean business:
She Strives for Equality
“Sheryl is a genuine non-conformist. One of her radical, polarising standpoints is that if a professional woman wants to have children, she should choose the right husband to raise them. She encourages all women to 'lean in' to conversations, at work and at home, rather than remaining on the periphery, as holding back simply undermines our influence even further. Sheryl is an advocate for women’s empowerment, instilling in us the understanding that it’s okay to succeed – we can do anything well without feeling uncomfortable about our achievements.
She Teaches Others to Be Their Best
“Sheryl opposes both external and internal barriers to equality and gives women a clean canvas on which to paint our careers as far and as high as they may take us. She asks, If men can do it, then why can’t we? One of my greatest philosophies in life is to be the best version of yourself – we need to lean in and strive to fulfil our potential, and live our best lives at all times. If Sheryl can do it, then let’s follow her lead.”
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