Facebook boss wants women to act to create 'equal world'

Sheryl Sandberg Sheryl Sandberg said women should hold half of all important positions

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Facebook's highest-ranked woman has said women need to take action to create a more equal world.

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of the social network site, said women should hold half of the important positions in business.

"If you're thinking about doing something, ask yourself what you would do if you weren't afraid and then do it," she told the BBC.

Ms Sandberg became the first woman on Facebook's board in June 2012.

Last year, she wrote Lean In, a book advising women on how to make progress in the workplace.

"It's really important that since women make up half of the population, women start having half the seats at tables where the decisions are made and that's not where we are today," Ms Sandberg added.

She said women could make "unbelievably effective" business and government leaders, as well as entrepreneurs.

Talking about the wider challenges facing Facebook, Ms Sandberg said the world was going through a "huge technological shift".

"We are in the middle of the fastest adoption of disruptive technology the world has ever seen and that is the mobile phone," she added.


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    Comment number 119.

    Let us tell it as it is. Society is not equal and the majority of people on boards get where they are by accident of birth, nepotism or luck. For them to tell others who are possibly more suited to the job but who don't have the right parents, connections or fortune that working had will get them a seat is just cruel.

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    Comment number 77.

    Equality means equality of opportunity, not everybody gets the same result.

    If companies are deliberately holding women back, then they should be prosecuted. If the opportunities are there are women are choosing not to take them, that is up to them.

    If a socially orientated business like Facebook can't get women interested, then what hope would less "female friends" ones have?

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    Comment number 68.

    There's a tendency to ask one successful x how all x's should become successful & they tend to say different things. Just because an individual becomes successful it doesn't mean they're a font of all knowledge on how others can become successful, all they can sometimes & only sometimes tell you is how they did it

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    Comment number 66.

    Perhaps women don't wand to act like men and perhaps if businesses accepted that women have a more rounded approach to things there would be more women on boards and commerce be less ruthless and more socially ethical.

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    Comment number 34.

    Worked for many years for a blue-chip multinational. There was endless navel-gazing about diversity. Every study demonstrated the business hired, retained, promoted and paid people in line with the mix of people who applied to join in the first place. If you want the job, apply.


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