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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Is Championing Women In Tech, Who “Still Face A Deficit Of Opportunity”

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“No industry or country can reach its full potential until all women reach their full potential. And this is especially true in science and technology, where women with a surplus of talent still face a deficit of opportunity.”

Facebook COO/Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg has been kicking ass of late when it comes to speaking up for women in STEM. In the video above you can see her talk as a part of the leader’s gallery of IGNITE: Women Fueling Science & Technology; in the video below you can see her discuss that press conference where President Obama only called on women.

Sandberg also discussed that press conference in a piece co-written with Adam Grant for The New York Times earlier this month called “Speaking While Female.” A bit from that:

The long-term solution to the double bind of speaking while female is to increase the number of women in leadership roles. (As we noted in our previous article, research shows that when it comes to leadership skills, although men are more confident, women are more competent.) As more women enter the upper echelons of organizations, people become more accustomed to women’s contributing and leading. Professor Burris and his colleagues studied a credit union where women made up 74 percent of supervisors and 84 percent of front-line employees. Sure enough, when women spoke up there, they were more likely to be heard than men. When President Obama held his last news conference of 2014, he called on eight reporters — all women. It made headlines worldwide. Had a politician given only men a chance to ask questions, it would not have been news; it would have been a regular day.

You go, Sheryl Sandberg. Four for you.

(via The Huffington Post)

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