Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, spoke at TED about the reality of what limits women in leadership.
All of us need to internalize her message and share this with our colleagues, mothers, sisters, and daughters.
Sit at the table, ladies. Bring it. And keep raising your hand.
Oh, and homes with equal earning and household responsibility have 1/2 the divorce rate of other homes, and a better intimate relationship.
Sheryl is in the news because of her cover on Bloomberg Businessweek, where the author talked about this TED talk:
In December she gave a speech at a conference called TEDWomen in Washington—TED talks are de rigueur for any tech star—and spoke about the small compromises women make that limit their career advancement. The presentation has since been viewed nearly 100,000 times on YouTube. Last month, Sandberg delivered a speech on leadership to the U.S. Naval Academy as part of its annual Foreign Affairs Conference. She silenced the mostly male crowd by telling the women in the audience to find partners who will support their careers. Then she brought them to their feet with a rousing paean to inspirational leadership—and by putting on a midshipman’s jacket.
…Her husband believes she will stay at Facebook for a long time. "It’s well beyond an 18-month time horizon," says Goldberg. "My guess is if she had to [predict her future], she has a real desire to improve the lives, particularly of women, but also the lives of people in the developing world."
Only Lant Pritchett, one of her former professors at Harvard and a longtime friend, doesn’t hold back. "I always had the impression that she was going to run the world. I think she can be President of the United States," he says. "One time my wife said, ‘There are so many things that you want to be envious about and hate about her. And you just can’t.’ "