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Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg wants women to support each other. For its new campaign together women can supporters such as Lena Dunham and Kerry got Washington on board. It’s honorable – but also not unproblematic.

“In hell a special place for women is reserved, which did not help each other”, the former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright used to say many years ago. The message was clear: better together than alone. Or, in the today’s Hashtag talk: #girlpower #girlsquad. Unfortunately repeated Albright the spell again and sisterhood was earlier this year to feel nothing more: democratic women, who vote in the U.S. primaries for Hillary Clinton, so Albright indirectly, be just financed betrayers.

If women help women

Well, that’s a thing with the woman solidarity. Many find the idea, only to join with a person, because this happens to have the same gender as the woman herself, rather off-putting – other factors are sometimes very much determinant than gender. For others, female solidarity is a matter of honor. And that includes also Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg. For their new initiative together women can she grabbed kindred spirits such as Emma Watson, Kerry Washington or Lena Dunham. The goal: #LeanInTogether. Since the publication of her book lean in. Women and the will to succeed 2013 Sandberg has mutated, into a sort of guru when it comes to women and career. Encouraged by the success of lean in she called so-called lean in circles in life: local meetings, where women can exchange ideas and support each other. And now also still together women can. What exactly it is, told Sandberg Lena Dunham in the Lenny interview:

“The campaign celebrates the power of women supporting each other. There is a myth that women don’t support other women. It’s just not true. “The reality is that women accomplish amazing things when we support each other.”

Quasi prove Sandberg and Dunham sure then several times, as inspiring and great find each other: “Lena, I learned more about finding my own voice from you more than anyone else.” A bit annoying, Yes, but somehow also nice. Sandberg also indicates on the prejudices facing women in the profession – and of which even she apparently not quite freely do:

“we expect more kindness from women, and we judge them more harshly. Early in my career there what a senior woman who I what is excited to work with, and I thought she would be helpful. When she wasn’t, I what devastated. I expected greater kindness because she what a woman. There are plenty of men who haven’t been helpful in my career and I wasn’t of lonliness as a result. We have to correct the biases women face. “You shouldn’t feel obligated to support a woman because she is a woman, but because you believe in her ideas and capabilities.”

Men? No matter

Sheryl Sandberg has only the best intentions – but so very easily, their lean is not in philosophy. There were once the structural problems: ambition and the will to succeed are sure great, can but not necessarily a message against structural discrimination. The world of work must change radically if it is to be an equal – Sandberg is adapting but rather on the principle: if women change and apply the strategies of men, they can be successful. At all: Men. You play no role, except as an emancipated husbands who keep back the ambitious loved ones free at sand mountain in principle. That’s are mostly men, maintaining the sexist and unjust structures, under which so many women suffer at work, seems to be somehow less important. Girl power, but not at the cost of walking may be a few men with claims to the cookie. Angry feminists (n) finally don’t like.

In addition, the lean seems in philosophy mainly on white to be tailored to more or less affluent women. That racism could belong to the problems facing women on work, that Sandberg didn’t make it. Yes, the African-American Kerry Washington supported women together can – the same applies however to Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who is not only decidedly anti-feminist, but fell in the past by racist remarks.

Much can women together – the system that so disadvantaged she alone by solidarity and change mutual fire, they can’t. On the other hand: When have exchanges of experience and support hurt ever?

Collage images via: Insagram Lena Dunham, Emma Watson, Victoria Beckham

By Julia Korbik.

Julia Korbik (* 1988) lives as a freelance journalist and writer in Berlin. 2014 published her book stand up. Feminism for beginners and advanced (Rogner & Bernhard). Julia is founder and competent editor of mind the gap, the gender section of the six-speaking Europe Online Magazine Café Babel. On her blog Oh, Simone is all about the French author and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir.

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