|Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg talking at TEDWomen|
Three ideas she puts forward for addressing the lack of women in leadership:
1. Sit at the table - Sandberg contends that women often systematically underestimate their own abilities, and success and likeability tend to be negatively correlated for women (and positively for men).
2. Make your partner a real partner - The idea that we've made more progress in balance outside the home than inside it.
3. Don't leave before you leave - Meaning don't make changes in your work plans to accomodate children you don't even have yet.
Watch/listen/read for an interesting expansion on all the above.
As is often the case with these kinds of analyses from women who have "made it" there is more focus on the choices of individual women than looking at the systematic and cultural stuff that drives those decisions, which I find annoying. It's as if we just devalue ourselves and make crap decisions about our lives for absolutely no reason whatsoever. While there is some implicit stuff for men to take out of this talk too, it isn't made very explicit, although that may be due to the audience of the talk (i.e. mainly female I think).
What did you think?