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March 14th, 2013
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PREVIEW: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg tells Soledad O'Brien she's never worked for a woman

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is making waves with her position on women in the workplace. Her new book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" is already #1 on's bestseller list.

Sandberg has been dealing with plenty of criticism for suggesting women are largely to blame for their failure to compete with men in corporate America. But she tells Soledad in her sitdown interview for "Starting Point" that men can help change that going forward.

"I’ve never worked for a woman," Sandberg tells Soledad. "I have been really lucky and I've had great mentors and great sponsors. And part of Lean In is trying to help people find the right way to develop those mentors and sponsors. And saying to every man out there, it should be a badge of honor to mentor young women. Not something you’re ashamed to do, not something you’re afraid someone will assume something bad, but a badge of honor that you are willing to spend you time giving benefit of your experience to young women in the workforce. They need it."

You can watch much more of Soledad's interview with Sheryl Sandberg Monday, March 18th on Starting Point.

Filed under: Lean In • Women in the workplace
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  1. Ash

    The only sense I can make of this book is that it is an introduction to Sandberg as a person. She appears to be extremely intelligent and her actions seem to be superbly calculated. This book doesn’t have an audience …. those who could lean in are probably doing so…a handful of elite executive women…and those who have to follow what the chain of command wishes are doing so. I guess this book needed some sort of a theme… a biography would be rather unappealing. It doesn’t matter that her message does not resonate will most women…what matters is that Sandberg is getting a lot of publicity. Why does she want to get publicity? I speculate she wants to enter politics.

    I have a serious issue with a woman entering politics who says that marriage is the most important career move (and apparently doesn’t have to do with being in love). We need people in Washington that are human and have empathy for others.

    Through this book Sandberg has shown that she is totally out of touch with issues of everyday American women. She has also shown that she believes that she is in a position to give advice, and does not care that her advice doesn’t apply to the position most women are in. She is already acting too much like the current politicians…I don’t want more of the same….I don’t want a female Ramni! I want someone like Oprah!

    March 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Ayesha

    This book is about speaks to the elite, executive women who have progressive husbands. Lets see how many women we are talking about...according to the book itself not many. The book is totally out of touch with reality. Negotiating your salary for a COO of Facebook is not the same as negotiating your salary for a finance manger, teacher, or admin assistant position. I find that her giving advice to real American women is like Bush talking about why we should go to war with Iraq..... Just like there were no weapons of mass destruction ..... There is no damn table to lean into for most working women ! And just like Bush the supposedly intelligent author is seems to ignore this completely.

    March 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Vision of Truth

    I used to be a feminist, with much study and admiration for the discourse in theory. But as I aged I came to the realization that almost all religions of the have referenced. (with the notable exception of Satan worship and other new age religions that focus on power and domination without regards for ethics and morality.) I found that the nature of the woman is not one of mastery. Often when women are put in positions of power and dominance pointless suffering, confusion, and lack of accordance with nature occurs. This may not directly translate into losing money. But a loss of spirit and a discourse away from truth occurs. That is not to say no women should not have any power. That is not what I am arguing. What I am suggesting is that the movement newly labeled movement known as "feminism" and "women's enlightenment" is as old as history itself. It is a rebellion against nature of life and obsessed with power, domination, and disregard for brining damnation and destruction of others. There are segments of feminist thought that are valuable. But the latest brand of militant feminism is simply a self-damnation of a society.

    March 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Freja

    Please stop talking – my head hurts!! Priviliged woman teaching women how to be mothers, workers, wives is like catholic priests giving marriage advice!

    March 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Spendlove

    When did CNN turn into The Huffington Post?

    March 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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