Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
In the TED presentation “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders” presenter Sheryl Sandberg describes why women do not reach the top in any profession around the world. She begins the presentation by admitting that the women now are lucky because they did not live in the world our mothers and grandmothers experienced in the past. Shortly after, Sheryl reports some numbers and data to describe the problem clearly. For example, in the U. S. just nine women are head of state, another example is that women in parliament around the world constitute 13%, and about 16% of women are in board seats in the corporate sector.
In short, just 20% of women are in the top profession. Also, she reported study about married senior managers, which showed that two thirds of married men had children, and only one third of the married women had children. Moreover, she tells the story of when she went to New York to pitch a deal and the director did not know where the location of the women’s restroom was because he did not work with any women in his office. Thereafter, Sheryl sent three letters for women who wanted to stay in workforce. The first message was “sit at the table”.
She thinks that women are underestimating their own abilities and do not have self-confidence. Sandberg highlighted that when she was a college student, her brother did not attend classes and did not want to study. On the other side, her roommate studied a lot and attended all her classes, but when they finished the test of their class, her brother said that the test was easy and her roommate was not sure about what she did. So, she says to all women “believe in yourself and negotiate for yourself. Own your own success”. The second message was “make your partner a real partner”.
She thinks that if one woman and man work full time and have children, it means a woman does twice the amount of house work than the man does, and the woman does three times the amount of childcare than the man does. So, she has two to three jobs, and he has one. Sheryl wants women and men to do the same housework and childcare. The third message was “do not leave before you leave”. She thinks that the women are thinking about having a child, and from the moment she starts thinking about having a child, she starts thinking about making room for that child.
Thus, she does not look for a promotion and does not take on the new project. Sheryl wants women to not waste their time on thinking when they will leave. It appears to me from Sandberg’s speech that women are doing a good job in all aspects of work, but they still do not reach the top, or maybe just not in a majority percentage. However, men somehow are not having the choice to contribute fully at workforce or at home. She also talked about the challenges women face during their jobs. These challenges are the reason for their attitude or others’ reflections on them.
I may agree with the point that women are underestimating their ability. Besides, the difficulties they find in appreciating their success are in addition to the fact that they are the negative creatures. Although Sandberg’s speech might be far sensible, I disagree with her in some points. Especially, the three messages that send to women. From my point of view, choices are divided equally between men and women, but the problem is with the personalities. Women are born with a weaker attitude compared to men, which we cannot do anything against it.
The Second disagreement is “making your partner a real partner “ am not totally beyond the idea. However, I think it is clear that the main job for the women is taking care of kids and creating, which is the best job in the world as it’s benefited the society and provide it with need of workers. Beside, it’s known role in raising the living standard and improving the quality of life. What job can be better than that? . And I’m not saying here that women should stay at home, but re-ordering their priorities in life.
Man as well, should help in raising the children, but it’s not a sort of jobs he can succeed in. The best proof to my saying is our dropped communities, it is obvious that women’s having many jobs are affecting badly on the young generation. Whereas, we can see the spread of crimes and many societies issue. Anyway, I really enjoyed the speech and the honesty on it. Sandberg left a very big space for us to think and to share in finding the solution, for a problem that has been made by us.