Earlier this week Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg spoke at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, one of the largest conferences focused on women in STEM professions — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As for her take on why more women don’t go into STEM professions? “The main reason women don’t go into computer science turns out to be women don’t go into computer science,” she said. But she also said more young women should consider going into a technology as it is going to change the way we live. When Sandberg was thinking she wouldn’t accept an offer to be Google’s general manager, Eric Schmidt told her, “Stop being an idiot; all that matters is growth.” She says that’s the best advice she ever got. Earlier this week Sheryl sat down with Charlie Rose and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and said:
“I really think we need more women to lean into their careers and to be really dedicated to staying in the work force. I think the achievement gap is caused by a lot of things. It’s caused by institutional barriers and all kinds of stuff. But there’s also a really big ambition gap. If you survey men and women in college today in this country, the men are more ambitious than the women. And until women are as ambitious as men, they’re not going to achieve as much as men.”
Most interestingly, Sandberg said she has experienced some backlash from other women because she is in a position of power. “It’s easy to dislike the few senior women out there,” she said.“What if women were half the positions in power? It would be harder to dislike all of them.” Think about that. Let’s see what else the brilliant Sheryl had to say.