I started ‘Femme-spiration’ for one simple reason- we don’t focus enough on female role models. But could there be a problem of too few women leaders? Could it be that the reason we don’t focus on women at the top is because not enough women are making it to the top?
This week’s femme-spiration is Sheryl Sandberg who is the founder of LeanIn.Org (Lean In Foundation), former vice president of global online sales and operations at Google, and former chief of staff for United States Secretary of the State Lawrence Summers.
Sandberg, currently the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and the first woman to be elected to Facebook’s Board by the existing Board members, says that statistics irrefutably show that women aren’t making it to the top of any corporate ladders.
Her TED Talk—Why we have too few women leaders—is only one of the many mediums Sandberg uses to showcase the perils of working women and what jepordizes their chances of making it to the top.
Her book Lean In digs deep into gender inequality and why women are still underrepresented in the global workforce. In her article, Forbes staff Susan Adams says the book isn’t “so much about the balancing act of parenting versus working as it is about the challenges women face in trying to get ahead.”
Sandberg hasn’t stopped there. Over the years she has made women empowerment her priority, including launching ‘Ban Bossy‘, a campaign launched by LeanIn.Org to criticize the use of the word ‘bossy’ to describe assertive women. She believes there is a stigma around the word ‘bossy’ which may discourage women from seeking higher-level jobs.
Sandberg and her various campaigns to empower women has been supported by other influential names like Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, and Condoleezza Rice. Sandberg has been climbing her way up the Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Business” ranks from #29 in 2007 to #6 in 2016.
So, ladies, start this week right. Aim for the top of the ladder, make yourself heard and ask for what you think you deserve; knowing what you want and going after it doesn’t make you bossy–it makes you the boss.[Feature image courtesy: EllenTube]