Sunday 22 April 2018

Women face barriers from young age, says Facebook boss

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook Picture: REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook Picture: REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Francesca Gosling

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg has urged better pay and access to more influential job roles for women.

The social media giant's chief operating officer spoke to BBC Radio 4's 'Desert Island Discs' about the obstacles faced by women in the business world, sharing her concerns that they start at a young age.

"We know that when we don't ask, we don't get. We need to start paying women well and women running for office at the same rate as men needs to be a part of that answer," said Ms Sandberg (47).

For her first song, she chose Beyonce's hit 'Run The World (Girls)'.

After previously campaigning with the singer for gender equality, she said: "The answer is girls. No matter what the cultural differences are around the world, men lead.

"Beyonce's message that women can run the world is so important for little girls, and boys, to hear."

Ms Sandberg said: "What I really believe is that we start telling girls at very young ages not to lead, and we start telling little boys to lead, and that's a mistake. We should let people choose that, not based on gender but on who they want to be."

Her comments came after the BBC revealed pay figures of its highest-earning stars. The highest paid woman was Claudia Winkleman, whose £450,000-£499,999 wage band was dwarfed by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans's approximate £2m (€2.2m).

Irish Independent

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