The latest Lean In initiative isn’t about women at work — it’s about men.
In the spirit of #HeForShe, Sheryl Sandberg and her team launched Lean In Together, a new campaign designed to help men promote gender equality at home and at work. It involves a partnership with NBA and WNBA stars, and includes specific tips for how men can Lean In, too.
They’ve also produced a short video with Makers, about how famous women like Hillary Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were able to achieve partly because of support from the men in their lives. As Sandberg puts it, “being a parent’s not a full-time job for a woman and a part-time job for a man.”
Here are the #LeanInTogether tips for how men can Lean In at home:
1) Be a 50/50 partner, by equally sharing household duties.
2) Be an active father, even if you’re not perfect — kids with active dads have better self esteem.
3) Close the wage gap at home, by not valuing chores done by boys (like taking out the trash) more than chores done by girls.
4) Challenge gender stereotypes, by making sure your kids play with diverse toys and see diverse characters in books and movies
5) Help your daughter lead. Not calling her “bossy” is a start — also encourage her to be assertive in other ways, like introducing herself to people.
6) Don’t tell your son to “man up,” which can be just as damaging as calling a girl “bossy.”
There are also some tips for Leaning In at work in a way that supports your female colleagues — check them out here.