“Sandberg makes it seem like the measure of success for women is ambition,” said Hanna Rosin, senior editor of The Atlantic and author of The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, at a panel discussion on Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. “That story invalidates the woman’s prerogative,” she continued at an event hosted by the Independent Women’s Forum in Washington last week.

According to the IWF, Sandberg’s book “is the latest in a recent onslaught of advice to women on how to make it to the top and has reignited the perennial issue of work-life balance.” The panel, which consisted of Rosin and other female journalists and thought-leaders on both sides of the aisle, seemed to agree that Sandberg’s message, that women need to “lean in” and push their way to the top, may not apply to all women.

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