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 1.

    Why are women always striving to be equal and not better. That to me shows a lack of ambition, which is why men are better.

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    Comment number 13.

    ALL boardrooms should be 50% women... also 10% Lesbian, 15% vegetarian, 6% disabled, 12% over 60, 36% atheist, 4% Muslim, 2% Romany, and 12% left handed....

    oh.... and... 100% made up of wealthy people who have made a fortune from free share handouts and who can thus afford to spend hours lecturing everyone else on morality and equality...

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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 84.

    women is most effective , may it be business , household or any field in industry , a women can play many roles if she is ambitious and can balance all fields of life . with evolving changes in technology , every women of every age is trying to change .....and making a difference ....

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    Comment number 102.

    Philip C

    The comment you are quoting are two seperate points, which you have seemed to have taken collectively so as to denounce his point. What is your opinion - should people who are not white straight middle to upper class males be given equality of opportunity?


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