Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, is trying to start a new movement for women called “leaning in.” She wants to get more women to be independent with their careers and finances, relying only on themselves and not a spouse. A new study however shows that 32% of women would still rather give up their career and depend on their husbands instead of being independent.
The poll was conducted by CouponCodes4U.com. It asked 2.135 females with full time jobs in the U.S.: “Would you prefer to work for a living or be a ‘lady of leisure’ and have your partner look after you financially?” 55% of the respondents said they would keep their career. The remaining 13% said they were not sure.
These results are almost the opposite of the message that Sandberg (Facebook COO) is trying to send out in her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. In her book she talks about inequality in the workplace and the troubles that women have to go through if they want to work and have a family at the same time. She states that women need to become more proactive in their careers or they will never be viewed as equals.
Mark Pearson who is the owner of the CouponCodes4u website says that the term ‘lady of leisure’ has a bad rap and is looked at negatively. Even so, 79% of the respondents said that they would not feel guilty if they halted their careers and let their husbands do the work. It was also found in the study that 21% of the women would keep working even if their partner was able to take care of all of the bills.