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

 
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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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  • rate this
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    Comment number 78.

    Our parliament is stuffed with a lot of ex public schoolboyes who behave at prime ministers question time as though they're still there women have a tough time making inroads in such an institution to ime the speaker got to grips so the women can be heard. Example needs to come from the top, success isn't all - better be a loving and kind honest thoughtful and compassionate person - politicians ?

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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 76.

    I am a woman and have done well in my career because I believe I am as good as men with similar education and experience. Generally, women who bleat about 50% this and 50% that, don't believe it, and have to find someone else to blame that on.

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    Comment number 75.

    We should stop taking the simplistic quota approach and resolve the issues in business that prevent women that WANT reach the top reaching it. Many of the barriers, like PM question time and excessively long working hours in law and financial services, are out dated, unnecessary and inefficient.

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    Comment number 74.

    Capitalism requires violent and aggressive behavior to succeed in business. To date it hasn't suited women, so Sheryl is correct to say its all there for the taking, if you have the stomach for it. That is if you fancy the role of the pigs in George Orwell's 1984.

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    Comment number 73.

    Aaaargh. I hate this viewpoint that women (and I am one) should automatically get 50% of something because of 'equal opportunities'. How about just giving people a job based on their skills, experience and suitability for a role, irrespective of their gender, race or sexuality? You can't run a successful business if you're forced to adhere to quotas.

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    Comment number 72.

    If she got rid of the "ideas" people (and programmers) that keep tinkering with the site for now obvious reason - for example, hiding the chronological news feed further from view so they can show you what they deem to be "important" - then all power to her.

    I'll wager I have a long wait though...

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    Comment number 71.

    69: ziggyboy
    I agree fully. You can see in her face that there's a deep-seated resentment of all things male ... perhaps emanating from her childhood (bad father/daughter relationship etc) and it's having a negative effect on her in adulthood. She looks tired. Pity, as it's ultimately self-destructive.
    Remove all maternity leave if you want true equality until then expect more men on the Board.

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    Comment number 70.

    How about ignoring gender and giving the job to the right person ? Are we supposed to put up with positive discrimination now ?

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    Comment number 69.

    Did Sheryl Sandberg get where she is through hard work or is she just another of lifes bullys? Or did she get to her 'position' by chucking her toys out of the pram every time she thought she was being done down.

    Most people get the top on merit and hard work!!

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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 67.

    Unfortunately, people like Sandberg, Harman et al are not remotely interested in equality - they want dominance.

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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 65.

    It's pretty academic coming from Sandberg anyway, as Facebook is on the decline and will be gone in a couple of years, unless we're all happy with our privacy being invaded?

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    Comment number 64.

    I've tried but can't find in this story the information that soon after taking the Facebook CEO job she fired a number of men from the board and replaced them with women to make up the 50-50 quota. Perhaps she could be asked whether this occurred...

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    Comment number 63.

    47 that is a bit severe!!

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    Comment number 62.

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

    Speaking as a woman, I disagree. I'd rather the most able and competent held those positions, regardless of whether they are male or female.

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    Comment number 61.

    As an arabic woman I think this rich middle class person is completely missing the point.

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    Comment number 60.

    Sheryl Sandberg said women should hold half of all important positions - WHY? Isn't that sexist? Surely jobs should be given to the best person and not because they're women, men, black, white, disabled or able-bodied. Another professional feminist spouting inflammatory rubbish that would not be allowed if the genders were reversed - all aided by the PC obsessed BBC. Put a sock in it BBC.

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    Comment number 59.

    Sandberg should put a sock in it and shut up. Stop playing the same old record. Women have equal opportunities these days and plenty of legislation in place to ensure that they are treated fairly. If the Board of a company is predominantly male and if women actually WANT to be Directors and if they are GOOD ENOUGH then they can apply. Main thing is to get the job ON MERIT not on SEX CARD QUOTA.

 

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