She's the multimillionaire 'Queen of the Silicon Valley', the sole woman on Facebook's male dominated board and famously declared she never leaves work past 5.30pm. In 2011 she earned a reported $30million, has two degrees from Harvard and a husband who pulls his weight at home. Right now, she's at the centre of a transatlantic controversy following the publication of her book, Lean In. Yet, Sheryl Sandberg is not only unsurprised by the backlash but 'grateful' for the media storm. Why? In this week's Grazia, the 43-year-old opens up to Rosamund Urwin - here are the highlights, grab your Grazia for the full report...
Sheryl on the book backlash
‘I think the heated debate is good. I am grateful there is so much conversation about this, because what I am worried about is stagnation. I want us not to be apathetic about the fact that the world is still run by men.’
Sheryl on claims she's ignoring the ways the system is still stacked in men's favour
‘I am very clear we have institutional problems. In fact, the premise of the book is: if we change people's minds, we'll change the institution... [Companies] have an obligation to know that men raise their hands faster, attribute their own success to themselves faster. We need men and managers to understand the biases women face.’
Sheryl on being a role model
‘I don’t hold myself up as a role model or pretend I have the answers for all women. But there are things in the book that I want women to learn. Relative to men, we don’t believe in ourselves enough. Relative to men, we are not encouraged to lead.’
Sheryl on women acting like men
‘Women in the Seventies who got into the corporate workforce, they dressed like men: they wore bow ties and their hair in buns. We don’t do that anymore. As we involve more women in the senior ranks of the workforce, what we think of as leadership changes – and I think it changes in really positive ways.’
Sheryl on crying at work
'... When I have cried, I then spent the next couple of weeks worrying about it. And it didn’t matter. We have to be more tolerant of different emotions that we bring to work. If we are going to have more women leaders, we are going to have to do that, and I think it will be good for companies.’
Sheryl on working late
‘I leave at 5:30. That’s not just for me, that means nobody in this company has a 6pm meeting with me. By leaning in, you can make more money and afford more childcare. You can get promoted and get more control over your schedule.’
Sheryl on being a feminist
‘Life has a way of making you a feminist,’ she explains, quoting the American journalist Rebecca Traister. ‘We need to wake up and understand we’re not making enough progress. Whatever has got us to the stage we’re at now is stalling, and we need to kickstart that.’
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