Yesha Callahan

‘Lean In’ Author Gives Stock Photos A Much Needed Facelift

Lean In

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook and the author of  Lean In, announced a partnership with Getty to combat  the imagery of women used in stock photos. One simple search for a stock photo of a woman in a business setting could lead you to believe all women at work are climbing ladders in mini-skirts and heels or standing on cliffs, but we all know that’s not true.


Last week, Sandberg’s Lean In organization announced a partnership with Getty Images to create a line of stock photos that depict mature, professional businesswomen, rather than ones who appear very sexualized and just plain dumb.

On top of creating a line of more realistic businesswomen, the photos will also include women actually working out, older women, people who aren’t model-sized, and biracial families. Men are also included in the collection as caregivers, braiding their children’s hair and holding babies.  Not only have stock images of women been given a make-over, so has the overall look of gender roles.  Check out Getty’s site to view the photos, but remember, they’re not free and Getty will sue you for misuse


  1. February 17, 2014 - Reply

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