Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, was featured on the March 18, 2013 cover of Time Magazine. Sandberg mentioned that women tend to hold back rather than go for the big opportunity which can stand in their way of breaking the glass ceiling. They tend to lean back and stall their careers prematurely. As she discussed on “60 Minutes,” the obvious reason for this phenomenon is Family. Without a doubt, most moms in America will agree. In her book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, she talks about women tending to “lean back.” Hence the title of her book.
CBS News has a great clip with the interview of Sheryl Sandberg. A lot of it boils down to having more self-confidence. Many women need help developing this skill. They have trouble projecting bravado and promoting their accomplishments. If you don’t know where to start in your efforts to build your confidence, check out my 5 Simple Steps to a More Confident You. Sandberg says that we still have an incredibly long journey ahead. She uses a statistic showing that women are paid only 77 cents on the dollar men are paid. Additionally Women account for only 21 of the Fortune 500 CEOs. Women need to get comfortable at the conference table while men need to get more acclimated at the kitchen table. Gender equality in the work place and at home is what every woman strives for. Gender inequality still exists in the US, although many are unwilling to acknowledge it.