Facebook COO and perpetual self-promotion machine Sheryl Sandberg has picked an odd choice for today’s “Lean In Award,” an imaginary honor she presents via Facebook: Paul Ryan. The same Paul Ryan who opposes, over and over again, workplace equality for women.
Just look at him, posing with his daughter, whose reproductive health and ability to fight for a paycheck comparable to her brother he cares absolutely dick about.
The Lean In Award of the day goes to Paul Ryan, for saying he worries how becoming House Speaker would affect his children, “who are in the formative, foundational years of their lives” – and that he won’t do the job unless he can still make them a top priority.
What? Maybe Sandberg can look past Ryan’s categorical opposition to reproductive rights—he is a staunch pro-life zealot in both voting record and rhetoric. Lean In was never about a woman’s health so much as it was about a woman’s paycheck. Ryan seems like a bad choice for a “Lean In Award” given that he’s opposed congressional efforts to help women receive fair pay for their work, over and over again.
Paul Ryan voted against the The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and then against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Of 2009. He also opposed the Paycheck Fairness Act, another legislative effort to balance gender-based income disparities, in 2008 and 2009.
Lean In! Lean so far In that your face is directly in the ground and you can’t see shit or hear anything and nothing you talk about really makes any sense.