Facebook exec's advice on feminism out of touch?
COO Sheryl Sandberg points out barriers women face today
- Duration 5:43
- Date Mar 11, 2013
COO Sheryl Sandberg points out barriers women face today
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And a growing debate over feminism in the workplace.
After one of Facebook's top executives -- in new book on our own work experiences.
And a lot chief operating officer Sheryl -- points out a list of barriers that she says.
Women still face today critics say that her vice may carry some barriers of its own for working women who may not have had.
The kind of success that your average Silicon Valley executive has had decision get a little -- heat for that.
Let's bring in our fantastic panel.
Female or not it's there with a fantastic Elizabeth MacDonald back is -- Melissa Francis of money with Melissa Francis also impact does -- -- ladies can hear me.
-- you know I mean.
Whenever woman of this kind of stature comes out just -- -- up feminism she says she wants to sort of create a rebirth of feminism a new generation of feminists in this country.
It raises a question and -- start with you.
Do we need to do we need that -- Bill with which she was saying so -- -- -- -- -- less on -- sixty minutes whether or not we -- she's saying yes we needed.
You know one and a seven corporate officer positions are held by women that number has stayed about flat for the last ten years.
And but what she's saying it's a it's a women's problem it's the women's fault that women are essentially saying.
Listen the reason why succeed is because I worked hard and I've had -- -- help from others but it wasn't my own skill -- essentially was a message.
And that was her own epiphany last night you thought maybe I am the reason the -- I think.
You know I -- -- I didn't have been looking at this for a long time I created the world's most powerful women's list that Forbes would Sheryl Sandberg it was on and has been on so.
You know what we've heard that from women routinely -- -- -- hearing from different women have different sponsors around the world women who run entire governments are saying you know what.
Yet we are the problem yes but it's also we have to change the mindset to we're gonna sort of leading hold governments that around the world.
We have -- -- governments around the world -- I mean you know you look at Great -- you look at places.
All around the world where there have been many female leaders and there are a lot of women who don't who opt out of the workforce -- -- to -- that one -- seven number is questionable.
-- -- -- -- Far fewer barriers to and and I feel like you know when -- -- as -- -- -- I I don't love the idea of of feminism I think it's still sort of separates us and asks us to be judged as as women.
Rather than as you know a great panel as it is a tradition -- you know you know -- I've known sheriff forever we went to Harvard together she's a brilliant brilliant driven woman I think that one of the things that's missing from this discussion that your hinting at is that -- just make different choices.
I mean you just come along and you decide that there -- only 24 hours in the day and there's only so much you want to.
Commit your career and there's so much that you want to be home and maybe it's your own choice.
Why you are not the CEO because you chose a different job that -- you have more time with your family mean I didn't choose to be sixty minutes reporter.
Because it if I had struggled for that.
I wouldn't be home you know -- it's one of those things where you kind of along the way you say will -- fighting for this instead of this -- have more time at home.
Yet we know it's interestingly -- you how you put it marked about the approach about feminism because when we did that list of forcing crew wouldn't started it.
We don't want to take the feminist approach we want to say what women have already accomplished and you know it's interesting.
There are barriers whether it's a glass ceiling or -- concrete roof that women are up against some.
You know what we're seeing for example overseas when women run governments there selected via the parliamentary system and -- put out to a popular vote.
Our you know we're both that we have like here in the United States so clique so powerful men are picking them.
We see that in Bangladesh but.
You know I think what we saw wasting time again for the women as they don't want to be to have the feminist approach to succeeding they wanna succeed and their own in their own power in their own skills.
And we -- that you know from women running PepsiCo women running on other countries mostly women running banking conglomerates and the police which is well let's.
Look at what Maureen Dowd had to say in her sort of Maureen -- -- you know it's jerky kind of way might does say.
But she says she hasn't grandiose plan to become the PowerPoint yet pied piper in product ankle -- it's.
Reigniting the women's revolution -- -- -- the digital age she wants women to stop limiting.
And sabotaging themselves.
She -- -- had a very negative -- candidate she said you know.
-- -- just start from from the top down they start from the bottom opt in -- I mean a lot and most of the backlash that -- has received has been because she's talking about working harder driving yourself.
And you know she has a billion dollars so it's easy for her to have a whole staff that sitting at home and is doing and that things and it's.
-- -- to translate that message to women who who are having difficulty making ends meet.
When you have somebody at home that you know that's.
Carolina is she has denied knowledge that -- -- why she isn't it you know what I don't get about -- -- column why is she saying that it's wrong to Wear Prada at work and that in some ways sabotage as a woman it doesn't do whatever it takes.
This thing is that also what we found two is that.
Women are very very of course respectful the working woman and the women who choose to stay at home in front families in fact Michelle Bachelet and -- -- leg.
Want to have even retirement benefits for women who chose to stay home.
And run -- and never seemed that the growth and their families -- the -- the helping their families because they thought that was the most important job a ball.
But to be so dismissive about the woman's choice to Wear whatever but -- -- -- -- works so why I mean that was.
I thought that was the wrong place and he's a nice kid about the man's -- she she is extranet.
-- and now this is ridiculous man had to put up with women what women have to put up with their biggest four day work week already.
I didn't know where they weren't great Sara thank you very first -- so we'll be talking about it I'm Zach thanks so much for me enhances.