This Was The Moment When Sheryl Sandberg Realized How Women Hold Themselves Back
The Facebook COO says "it is sort of a feminist manifesto, but one that I hope inspires men as much as it inspires women."
Her argument that women should take more risks and responsibility for their own success can be summed up with this great anecdote in her book:
A few years ago, I hosted a meeting for Treasury Secretary
The four women had every right to be at this meeting, but because of their seating choice, they seemed like spectators rather than participants. I knew I had to say something. So after the meeting, I pulled them aside to talk. I pointed out that they should have sat at the table even without an invitation, but when publicly welcomed, they most certainly should have joined. At first, they seemed surprised, then they agreed.
It was a watershed moment for me. A moment when I witnessed how an internal barrier can alter women's behavior. A moment when I realized that in addition to facing institutional obstacles, women face a battle from within.