When I first saw it featured on the front page of TED.com, I thought, “A TED Interview?! Awesome!” When I actually started watching the Sheryl Sandberg interview by journalist Pat Mitchell, I was on the edge of my seat. Mitchell asks some great questions, and seeing and learning more about Sandberg really resonated with me. I loved Sandberg’s humor, her storytelling, and her advice for women. Watch it below:
Sandberg discusses the lack of women raising their hands in school, the negative words placed on assertive young female children, and the expectations that come with being a woman. This “lean in” movement is the experience of finding one’s voice as a woman in this world, asserting one’s self, and standing up in leadership positions confidently.
At the 8:30ish mark, Sandberg explains that if a little girl leads, she is called “bossy.” When those little girls grow up into strong women, they are very often told they are too aggressive at work. I can tell you this, I’ve been called bossy almost every single day of my entire life from childhood to adulthood, so I know firsthand how prevalent this is in our society. Sandberg, though, gives us some great advice to combat this. She says, “Don’t call a little girl bossy. Tell her she has executive leadership skills” (Source). Sandberg’s advice is so right on. She is such a moving speaker, and her message is so important.
Sandberg wants us to create a dialogue about a woman finding a life on her own terms. Let’s have a conversation!