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Sandberg's latest: 'Lean In: For Graduates'

March 31, 2014: 12:22 PM ET


Women of the Class of 2014: You probably knew this already but Sheryl Sandberg wants you to "lean in" from the very beginning of your career.

Next week, the bestselling author and Facebook COO is launching an expanded version of her Lean In book targeting new graduates entering the workforce.

The book, Lean In: For Graduates, includes the original text as well as six additional essays by other career experts, ranging from "Find your first job" to a step-by-step guide to salary negotiation. Just like the first version, it encourages women to "sit at the table," take risks, and conquer their professional fears.

When it comes to taking this advice, there isn't a a more critical point in a women's career than at the very beginning. Men are roughly four times more likely than women to negotiate their first salary, and workers who don't negotiate their first salary stand to lose more than $500,000 by age 60,  according to estimates by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever in their 2003 book Women Don't Ask.

The harshest critics of Sandberg's first book pointed to a disconnect between her advice -- which targets upwardly mobile, professional women -- and the burdens facing low-wage or middle class workers, stay-at-home moms and women of color.

Sandberg has pushed back against those complaints, insisting her message is about "believing in ourselves and reaching for any ambition" -- not just encouraging elite women to reach the C-Suite or run for office.

The new book includes an essay by Ariel Investments president Mellody Hobson, urging women of color to "own who they are," and McKinsey consultant Kunal Modi, calling on millennial men to also work toward gender equality.

Lean In: For Graduates will be released on Tuesday, April 8. Amazon is taking pre-orders for $18.78.

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