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Jennifer Kraschnewski - Associate Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Public Health Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Book Title: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Author: Sheryl Sandberg

Book Description:

I first experienced this book as part of a book club I'm in, consisting of mostly female faculty at the College of Medicine. Our book club has been a tremendous support system to myself and others, for dealing with the challenges of having a career and raising a family. Although Sheryl Sandberg's field is incredibly different from ours, it was clear while reading this book that we felt similar challenges in our professions and in our lives. Her combination of utilizing research with real-world experience in describing the current state for women in the workplace is a powerful description of where things stand, and where they need to be.

Women faculty of Penn State have a proud tradition of standing up for what is right, including equal pay for equal work. Although it is clear that significant barriers still exist for women in the workplace, I am proud to be a part of a generation that will continue facing these challenges head-on. In speaking with more senior female faculty, I know they have already done their part to make the world a better place for us. I look forward to doing my part to ensure a brighter future for my talented daughters!


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