Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite. As the COO at the helm of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg juggles the tasks of monetizing the world's largest social networking site while keeping its users happy and engaged.
Identify women who are professional leaders in your own community. Invite them to a screening of Sandberg’s talk and ask them to react to her observations and share their own perspectives. How would they expand upon, refine or refute Sandberg’s points? What other advice would they add for women in the workplace?
According to one of the studies cited by Sandberg, women are doing about twice as much house work and three times as much child care as their spouses, even when both are working full-time jobs. Explore the causes of this phenomenon and the ways in which it’s being reinforced. For example, consider the following:
The New York Times: The Census Bureau counts fathers as ‘child care’ (02/08/2012) http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/the-census-bureau-counts-fathers-as-child-care/?smid=tw-NYTMotherlode&seid=auto
The Washington Post: Santorum and the bulletproof glass ceiling (01/31/2012) http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/post/santorum-and-the-bulletproof-glass-ceiling-would-we-be-as-understanding-of-a-mom-with-an-ill-child-campaigning/2012/01/31/gIQARcMyeQ_blog.html
Design and distribute a survey for couples in your own community. Ask spouses/partners to answer individually, reporting on their own domestic responsibilities and what they perceive to be the responsibilities of their partner. Analyze the results in aggregate. What does the data show, in terms of the types of responsibilities and the amount of time spent for men vs. women? How accurately does each group perceive the responsibilities of the other? How happy is each group with the status quo, and what would they like to see change?
Makers: Sheryl Sandberg http://www.makers.com/sheryl-sandberg
The New York Times: The $1.6 billion dollar woman, staying on message (02/04/2012) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/business/sheryl-sandberg-of-facebook-staying-on-message.html?pagewanted=all
US News & World Report: Business schools hope to shatter sturdy glass ceiling (06/15/2011) http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/2011/06/15/business-schools-hope-to-shatter-sturdy-glass-ceiling
Fast Company: What glass ceiling? Killer career advice from women who lead by example (03/05/2012) http://www.fastcompany.com/1822755/shattering-the-glass-ceiling-leadership-lessons-for-successful-women
The United Nations: The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/Worldswomen/WW2010pub.htm