Michelle Obama Dropped Some Profanity When Talking About The Realities Of ‘Leaning In’ 😮

What does it mean to “lean in”?

According to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, “If you are leaning in…you’ll seize the opportunity to be promoted to the next level even if the chance comes when you have small children and you might have a tougher time juggling work and family in your new role.”

The phrase first appeared in Sandberg’s 2013 publication, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, and has caused quite a stir ever since. The book attempts to guide women toward having a successful career while also enjoying a family life — and working overtime to make both things happen.  Most people are of the opinion that this mindset denotes privilege that is only available to high-level, corporate white women.

One woman who feels the “lean in” mantra doesn’t apply to her or her own situation is former First Lady Michelle Obama.

“It’s not always enough to lean in because that sh-t doesn’t work all the time,” said Ms. Obama to a sold-out crowd at the Barclays’ Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The crowd lost it a bit, laughing and applauding. “I forgot where I was for a second!” said Michelle Obama.

People believe the premise of Lean In comes from a misguided place that puts too much pressure on women to act while not encouraging the workplace environment to change.

This conversation won’t end as long as women are expected to balance work and life while also navigating sexist workplaces, depending on the company in which they work. Corporate life is not a one-size-fits-all situation for women, which Sandberg’s book seems to ignore. If the former First Lady can grasp that concept, maybe the conversation will continue past Michelle Obama.

H/T: Washington Post, Twitter