Lean In Circles Are the Oprah’s Book Clubs of 2013

Smash that glass ceiling!

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Remember in the early 2000s when Oprah popularized the Book Club among suburban matriarchs everywhere? Taking a cue from the media queen, your mom and her friends met monthly to laugh, cry, Eat, Pray, Love, and down Pinot Grigio.

If women sought escapism from their hectic lives through reading and meeting with friends at the turn of the millennium, it seems that this decade, they’re following Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s lead, seeking to buckle down and make office life work for them, if this Slate column is any indication.

Katherine Goldstein read Ms. Sandberg’s Lean In, and has since formed a group of seven ladies seeking to reap the full benefits of their office jobs. In the past two months, two of the ladies have successfully gotten raises while a third is waiting to hear back but is “proud that she spoke up for herself” no matter the outcome.

“All three women credit either Sandberg’s book or our meetings with inspiring them to ask for more money,” Ms. Goldstein says. “I think we’re off to a good start.”

Good on you, ladies. We don’t know what the rules are vis-a-vis booze at a Lean In Circle, but taking steps to close the gender pay gap calls for Pinot toasts all around.

Lean In Circles Are the Oprah’s Book Clubs of 2013