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Sheryl Sandberg TED talk

Sunday morning. I spent two hours last night cleaning my balcony from old green dirt and stuff. My arms are sore from scrubbing and I just painted my nails bright pink. Next project is putting down the wooden floor out there. Maybe use one of my two hammers and do some nailing. (Yes I am trying to get the point across that I am VERY good at using a hammer and I also wear nail polish.) Probably should have done it the other way around (wood floor first, nail painting later), but I got mesmerized by this TED talk and had to do something while watching.

My friend Lindsay Beckman recommended this talk to me a while ago in one of her comments on this blog, and I finally took the time to see it. It is often hard for me to explain why I am so passionate about women´s leadership, because what most people see is that we are have equal opportunities as men and women (I know! Weird, right?). Ms Sandberg gives the arguments in about 15 minutes, she shows examples from her own life, and she notes the CRAZY few numbers of women at higher levels of leadership in the world. Watch and become inspired to change this!

Happy Sunday!


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3 thoughts on “Sheryl Sandberg TED talk

  1. An ad for “Amazon Mom” on Pandora prompted me to write the following email. Sorry, I’m not sorry.

    To whom it may concern:

    I am disappointed that Amazon.com chose the name “Amazon Mom” for this particular membership program. The description states that the program is “aimed at helping parents and caregivers in the prenatal through toddler years use Amazon to find and save on products their families need. Amazon Mom is open to anyone, whether you’re a mom, dad, grandparent, or caretaker.” So, why not just go with “Amazon Family,” a name that would not disenfranchise the non-mom caregivers who could also bring benefit to their kin by visiting the site?

    Women already face so many pressures when trying to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and the name “Amazon Mom” is only reinforcing the gender bias we face compared to working fathers. Women need to be empowered at work, and men in the home, if we are to overcome the traditional, lopsided gender roles where housework and childcare typically fall to women and breadwinning falls to men.

    This is not simply a rant for female rights, although I am sad that in the year 2013 I even have to address the issue of gender equality. Some women will still make it their prerogative to remain in the home, but studies show that children benefit greatly from paternal involvement, and I would like to see Amazon.com support the family unit rather than the traditional “Mommy and Me” model. I encourage your leadership team to read Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book entitled “Lean In” and work to implement her ideas into your marketing and communications strategies.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.


    Lindsay Beckman, working single girl who plans to be a mother some day

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