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Women Face Conflicting Advice When Juggling Work, Home, and Personal Life

In 2013 Sheryl Sandberg, a Harvard Business School grad, a former assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury, and Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, wrote her bestseller, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. During her years in government and the marketplace, Sandberg discovered that all too often women hold themselves back; they stifle their dreams, their ambitions, their careers, and even their personal lives. So she called women "lean in" to their ambitions, their dreams, and their talents.

As you might expect, her book stirred some controversy. An equally accomplished woman named Rosa Brooks, a professor at Georgetown Law, then argued that the problem isn't with women but with society, which continues to expect women to bear the brunt of household responsibilities and child rearing even as they pursue their careers and dreams. Her advice was for women to "lean back," and put their feet up! She says women need to resist these unreasonable expectations in the workplace and the home by refusing to just "work harder." "Women of the world," she says, "Recline!"

Whatever direction you're inclined to lean, Sheryl Sandberg was on to something. She tapped into a deep-seated tension many women feel when it comes to juggling work, home, and personal life. They just don't know how to do it all. Now along comes the church telling them on top of all that to "live on mission"—to do their part to save the world and restore this fallen planet.

Lean in. Lean back. Live on mission. It's enough to make a person want to "lay down" and give up! No wonder the average woman and mother in America today feels exhausted.

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