Lean In Again?
Sandberg kicks off her presentation by revealing a few statistics:
- Of 190 heads of state, only 9 are women
- Of all the people in parliament, 13% are women
- Female corporate c-level and board members top out at 16%
- Even in the world of non-profit, which is considered a female dominated field –80% of the leadership are men
And, these numbers have not moved since 2002.
That exact phrase slapped me across the face the first time I heard it and again, the second time. Evidently, I lulled myself into a false sense of comfort because frankly, I thought we had progressed further than this. I suspect we believed things were better because most people talked the right talk. Anecdotally, it APPEARED things were better, but the data told a very different story. Since then everybody and their mother formed an opinion about Sandberg, but this discussion is not about her. It’s about women.
Sandberg reopened a much-needed dialogue about a woman’s place in our society. If you’ve never seen her talk, watch it. Or if it’s been awhile, watch it again. And, more importantly, share it with a woman you know.