5 Reasons we love Sheryl Sandberg
- Female empowerment
Sheryl has written a novel titled Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. The book is all about giving females the confidence in their jobs to ask for a raise when they deserve it, equal pay or a promotion. Sheryl Draws on her own experience working in the cooperate world to give tips to women and encourage them to make minor changes in their lives that lead to big things. She states it’s for any woman who wants “to sit at the table”.
After working at Facebook for some time, Sheryl was named to the board of directors becoming the social network’s first female board member in the company. On this, she said, “I don’t believe in ‘having it all, but I do believe in women and men having both a successful career and family. The more women we get into positions of power, the more likely we’ll get that.”
- Lean In
Following the success of her first novel, Sheryl started Lean In – a non-profit organisation helping to encourage gender equality. The organisation encourages us to start Lean In Circles which are small groups who meet regularly to learn and grow together. Lean In states that 85% of women have noticed a positive change in their life since joining the circle and advocating equality.
- Overcoming Grief
Sheryl’s husband, unfortunately, passed away unexpectedly in 2015. Her public image since his passing has been filled with tenderness and strength. She wrote a second novel, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. She was certain that her and her children would never feel joy again. Option B is a combination of Sheryl’s personal insights and her psychologist friend Adam Grant’s research in overcoming grief and finding happiness again.
- Ban Bossy
In 2014, Sheryl and Lean In sponsored the Ban Bossy Campaign. This was to advocate a campaign to ban the word bossy for general use due to its harmful effect on young girls. The campaign started when research suggested that girls were more fearful of taking leadership roles than boys because they may seem “bossy”. The idea was to change opinions about self-assured or opinionated women being perceived negatively.
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