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Michelle Obama Is Absolutely Right About "That Lean In Sh**"

Michelle Obama Is Absolutely Right About

Former first lady Michelle Obama took to the stage Saturday night, at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was interviewed by the poet Elizabeth Alexander in front of a packed arena.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama offered a candid assessment of the reality of trying to balance a marriage and a career and the idea of 'leaning in'.

"Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she'd have a life like this, and the pressure you feel - from yourself and from others - can sometimes feel like a lot", she said.

In fifteen words, Michelle Obama responded, definitively: "It's not always enough to lean in, because that s**t doesn't work all the time".

Ms Obama apologised to the crowd for swearing, telling the audience she'd forgotten where she was at that moment. Sandberg has been under scrutiny following a New York Times report last month that she had played an active role in a campaign to discredit Facebook's critics.

Michelle Obama enjoyed an emotional return to a north London secondary school she credits with inspiring her to get involved in educational reform.

Cell phone cameras were rolling as she realized what she'd said.

One group of women read excerpts from "Lean In" and listened to portions of Sandberg's TED talks that focused on how women should be more confident in the office. I was gettin' real comfortable up in here.

The advice for women to "lean in" has been criticized before.

In a study this year, a group of Duke University psychology professors used 2,000 participants to test the "lean in" approach and how it worked with structural and systemic disadvantages women face in the workplace.

"A marriage is hard work, and I share that because, I see too many young people who frivolously enter into marriage. they think the love and the courtship part has something to do with what marriage is, and it doesn't - it's a little bitty part of it", Obama continued. "And I'm like, duh, marriage is hard, it is hard".

More recently, "leaning in" and Sandberg's leadership were placed under additional scrutiny after controversy erupted around Facebook and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"As a wife, mother, entrepreneur and philanthropic leader.I felt EVERY word of that sentence", another Twitter user wrote.



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