Sheryl Sandberg Talks Women and Leadership on The Daily Show

    April 4, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg dropped by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Wednesday night to promote her new book Lean In. The conversation mostly focused on her message in Lean In of equality in the workplace and changing how we think about successful women.

“The blunt truth: men still run the world…and I’m not sure that’s going that well,” said Sandberg of her desire to write the book.

She goes on to discuss the barriers women still have, and the “plateau” that exists near the top.

“We’re held back by sexism, discrimination, and terrible public policy..but we’re also held back by the stereotypes. You know, go to a playground this weekend and you’ll hear little girls called “bossy.” You won’t hear little boys called bossy, because we expect boys to be assertive. Lean In is trying to change that. Instead of calling our girls bossy we should say ‘my daughter has executive leadership skills.”

Check out part 1:

And part 2:

[via The Daily Show]

  • Steven

    I don’t judge people by their color, and I don’t judge people by their sex. You either have a clue, or don’t have a clue. Making a statement like men rule this world, and its not going well is no better than saying “white people rule this world, and its not going well.” I have met women in the work place who are very good, and have met others that are clueless. You lost me on that comment, sorry….

    • http://www.jeffreyrasley.com Jeff Rasley

      Agree with Steven. We are evolving from a white-male-dominated economi-political-social structure. More opportunities in leadership positions are open for women & minorities than ever before. Will a rainbow future create a better society for all than we’ve had? Probably. Time will tell.

  • Jim Mc Gillivray

    I agree The 2nd world war proved woman are more dependable than men, they turn up for work every day, they produce more and are on time.
    Thats why when men came back from the war woman where kept on and men had to find new jobs.I advise bosses to hire woman over men every time.

    • Steve Hendrix

      First, “Woman” plural. Look it up. Second, are you suggesting that every woman (singular) is more dependable than every man? That’s what you’re comment suggests, and that is downright moronic. Third, you might want to double check your history on employment post-war. Rosy the Riveter was unemployed in 1947 9 times out of 10.

  • Bonnie Follett

    Thank you Sheryl Sandberg for taking up these issues. As a woman born in the 50’s and now in my early 60’s, I struggled for years with the suggestions that in order for me to succeed and be treated “equally” with men in the workplace, I had to be BETTER, MUCH BETTER than my male counterparts. This notion led women of my generation to continue to seek more and more education and degrees hoping it would make a difference to how we would be treated and perceived in the workplace. Personally I got a BA degree, a Paralegal Certificate degree, a JD degree ( and more education ongoing even to this day).

    Later I found out that this wasn’t enough and I also had to work harder than my male counterparts and take on more of the undesirable tasks as well to prove my worth, only to find out that, as you say, people liked me less and less the more I tried to take on more to prove myself. I continued to “pay my dues” my whole working life. And as I hit my 40’s and 50’s I saw other more “likeable” women and men with less education and less experience (and who did not seem to work as hard as I did at problem-solving and acquiring skills), get way far ahead of me and at times even receiving some degree of “pampering” too.

    As my age surpassed that of my supervisors or bosses, I also found that they found my abilities more irritating, perhaps threatening. They preferred to work with people with less education and experience, who made them feel more superior, more like a boss. They actually preferred to work with people who tended to panic and cry about assignments they received, instead of someone who would quietly get things done no questions asked.

    For women, all this is complicated by age. As I hit my 50’s and was less attractive or nubile than I was in my 20’s, 30’s, even 40’s, I was even less likeable in my working relationships. I rarely saw this happen with men. I was viewed instead as far more expendable.

    SOooo… Again Sheryl, despite whether some may view you as a “woman of privilege” who should not be talking about these things, this is a discussion that still needs to happen, so all of use can gain more understanding of these issues. And maybe we can even learn to value and pamper the older female workers the way we do some of the young ones.