This is a really inspirational speech from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at TEDWomen. How can we change the fact that women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world? Her answer: Keep women in the workforce. To accomplish this goal, she had three simple rules.
#1: Sit at the table.
“Women systematically underestimate their own abilities,” she said. “No one gets to the corner office by sitting on the side, not at the table and no one gets the promotion if they don’t think they deserve their success.”
#2: Make your partner a real partner.
“I’ve become convinced that we’ve made more progress in the workforce than we have in the home,” she said. “If a woman and a man work full time and have a child, the woman does twice the amount of housework than the man does and the woman does three times the amount of childcare.”
#3: Don’t leave before you leave.
Women, to their detriment, begin planning for children long before they even have children. “You stop looking for new opportunities,” she said of women who made their decisions too far in advance. “Keep your foot on the gas pedal until the very day you have to leave to take a break.”
I can definitely relate. What do you think?