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Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: Dividing Genders?

Sheryl Sandberg, the highest-ranking female employee at Facebook, is one of the most powerful women in the world. She has caused quite a stir amongst feminists and women in the tech industry for her views on women in the workplace. At the moment she is trying to ban the word ‘bossy’ in a campaign as she believes it undermines girls who exhibit leadership skills.

Now she has told the BBC that women should hold half of the important positions in business.

"Despite all the progress women have made, men still have the great majority of the leadership positions in every business, in every industry, in every country in the world," Sandberg said.

She believes women could make "unbelievably effective" business and government leaders, as well as entrepreneurs.

While Sandberg should be credited for her work in empowering women in the workplace, I am not sure her 50/50 approach in the workplace is right or realistic. Some women, as ambitious as they are, do not necessarily want to reach the top of their professions. Plus, while Sandberg’s push for women to succeed is admirable, I’m not sure her stance will help matters or achieve greater equality for women. Shouldn’t men and women be recruited for positions based on merit and achievement rather than gender?

In fact, Sandberg’s goal to achieve greater equality for women might end up having the opposite effect; women will never know if they were recruited just to fill a quota, and men that are more than worthy for promotion will be overlooked because there are too many men already in high positions.

Instead of concentrating on the gender of the people at the top, we should be focusing on their ability to do the job. 

 

Ayesha Salim is E-content Writer at IDG Connect

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