Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Founder of LeanIn.org. She is also the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board - prior to joining Facebook she was the VP of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and helped launch their philanthropic division Google.org.
"I want to change the numbers at the top. I’d like to know that in my daughter’s generation, they are not going to be 14 percent of the top jobs. That we’re no longer going to write headlines saying that women are taking over the Senate when they get 20 percent of the seats; 20 percent is not a takeover. I want real equality."
"One of the most important things women can do working together is to make it clear that every bit of work a woman does—whether it’s in the home, in the school, in the community, or in the workplace—is valued as much as work that men do. Across the board, we are not there. Women are paid 77 cents for every $1 men are paid. For the same work, we are paid less and are less valued. We are promoted less. We get fewer of the top jobs. We do not live in an equal world. An equal world would be a world of equal opportunity and equal choice and equal encouragement. Compare a career to a marathon. Men and women arrive at the starting line equally trained and fit. You could argue, based on educational attainment, that the women are more trained and fit. But at least equal. And think of a career like a marathon: long, grueling, ultimately rewarding. What voices do the men hear from the beginning? ‘You’ve got this. Keep going. Great race ahead of you.' What do the women hear from day one out of college? 'You sure you want to run? Marathon’s really long. You’re probably not going to want to finish. Don’t you want kids one day?' The voices for men get stronger, 'Yes, go. You’ve got this.' The voices for women can get openly hostile. 'Are you sure you should be running when your kids need you at home?'"
McKinsey, Photograph via Time