Women in the military

U.S. defense secretary endorses “lean in” programs to bolster diversity

Sheryl Sandberg (L) and U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter thank the female members of the military who participated in a 'Lean In Circle' at the Pentagon September 21, 2015. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s is taking her “lean in” evangelism to the very top of the U.S. military. The Pentagon, which is attempting to nurture more women for leadership roles within its ranks, has already been using lean in groups. Sandberg and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met Monday with a group of women from all corners of the military who have been taking part in lean in groups. The groups are aimed at helping empower women to take on more challenges at work and changing the larger male-dominated culture. According to at least one woman who’s taken part in a lean in group, the initiative is having a positive impact. “What’s important to me about lean in is that it’s affecting culture in the military to make it a safe, conducive place for women and men to talk about gender bias,” said U.S. Navy Commander Emily Bassett, who has a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old and whose husband stays home to raise them.

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