Sheryl Sandberg's Meta departure is the death knell for Lean In

The Covid-19 epidemic altered the character of work in a variety of ways, some of which would take years to fully understand. However, one casualty has already been identified: the era of the leaning-in "female boss" has come to an end.

The girl boss movement, which began immediately after Sandberg's Lean In and was popularized by Nasty Gal entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso in 2014, entailed merging professional and personal identities and working tirelessly to defeat men at their own game.

Making it to middle management is seen as a form of feminism and a form of resistance in today's environment.

Even as detractors mocked it as superficial and unaware of structural bias, the movement grew in popularity.

However, in the late 2010s, it began to decline after the movement's leaders were publicly accused of harassing women at work.

Following complaints of mismanagement and abusive work cultures, prominent female executives such as Emily Weiss of Glossier, Audrey Gelman of women's members club The Wing, and Steph Korey of suitcase brand Away resigned from senior positions.

Covid changed the way Americans thought about work and office culture in general, further dismantling an already splintered movement.

Sheryl Sandberg, the longstanding chief operating officer of Facebook parent firm Meta Platforms and the founder of the Lean In movement, has now resigned, bringing an end to an era of workplace feminism that placed the burden of combating institutional inequality on individual women.