Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg — she of the Harvard College summa cum laude Economics sheepskin and Harvard M.B.A. leaves work at 5:30 p.m. for a brand-new 9,000 square foot McMansion and her two kids. She’s just another Suzy Homemaker with a nine figure net worth.
Sandberg’s smart enough to have known that as a well-entrenched member of the 1%, she might face a wee bit of criticism for preaching in her new book to a congregation sitting outside in the cold.
Does an exceptional pedigree, rarefied corporate power and mind-boggling wealth dilute a feminist empowerment message: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead? No doubt.
If it only took “Will” — and not a whole bunch of “Benjamins” to pull off what Sandberg advocates in her self-help tract. Among other things, she tells women that to get ahead, they need to ‘lean in‘ at the workplace.
Give her credit for brass even as she faces criticism for the temerity of a billionairess’s personal fortune that “must leave her tone-deaf to the plight of the typical worker.”
How tone-deaf? About $96,261’s worth, which according to Investopedia is how much a homemaker is worth these days — or at least that’s how much money is needed to pay for the army of help to pull off the glass ceiling-crashing career Sandberg envisions for her childbearing sisterhood. For the moneyless classes, it’s “The True Cost of Leaning In.”
When you’ve successfully satisfied all your physiological and safety needs like she has, the rest is easy — from a self-satisfied self-actualized pulpit.
Our society, though, has a long history of the privileged and entitled lecturing the rest of us on how to be successful.
Still, while obvious, her points are well made. Speak up. Don’t hold yourself back. Enough with the ‘shrinking violet’ stuff. We shall overcome“the leadership ambition gap.”
Arizona Lawyers: How much do you make?
And speaking of tone-deaf, then there’s the Arizona State Bar, the self-styled consumer protection agency that wants to know how much kibble is in the lawyer kitty.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before but the Bar is again asking their lawyers to pony up their economic data. It was almost three years ago when the Bar last asked, ‘take our survey — so we can sell you the results.’
Unlike last time, however, this time they’re curious enough to inquire, “How much law school debt are Arizona attorneys carrying?”
So why do they want to know? What difference does it make? Will Bar dues go down? Or the cost of Bar-sponsored continuing legal education? Or is it, like before, to publish a full report so the Bar can sell it to its members?
Maybe it’s for calibrating the economic pain meter to justify how much to charge lawyers for the continued privilege of practicing law in the state?
Maybe, it’s simply a legally palatable, anti-trust compliant way for firms to figure out legal services pricing based on market average billing rates?
Perhaps, it’s all of the above. All the same, if Arizona lawyers belonged to a member-friendly voluntary bar like in Kansas’, they wouldn’t have to pay for a copy of the full report. In Kansas, bar members receive the 2012 Kansas Economics of Law Practice Report gratis.
But then Arizona is a mandatory membership bar like New Mexico, Oregon, and Mississippi and the majority of U.S. jurisdictions. However, in those three mentioned jurisdictions, their members don’t pay for the full report. They download their compensation surveys free of charge. See The Economics of Law Practice in New Mexico Lawyer Compensation and Oregon’s 2012 ECONOMIC SURVEY – Oregon State Bar and Mississippi’s 2012 ECONOMIC SURVEY September 2012 – The Mississippi Bar.
So having dutifully ignored the first two emails, the Bar emailed my “Last Chance – Your Link to the 2013 State Bar of Arizona Economics Study” last week. No thanks. Ear-trumpet and all, can’t hear you.
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