Maybe There’s So Many Men In Power Because There’s Only Been Half The Competition In The Workplace

Women are about half the population but only 4.8% of Fortune 500 company CEOs. The world is filled to the brim with smart women. So why don't we see more women in corporate positions?

Show Transcript Hide Transcript

Sheryl Sandberg: So what would the world look like? What would the world look like if those three reasons went away? If all of you stood up? If we got to equality. If we had 50% of our companies and institutions run by women and 50% of our homes run by men. I can't claim it'll be utopia with flowers and guitar playing, even though it might be actually. But I do think we know a lot. We know our companies would be more productive.

Warren Buffett has famously and graciously said that he was so successful partially because he was only competing with half the population. When it comes to filling our leadership ranks we are basically sourcing from half the population and if we sourced from the whole population, we're going to do better. Our institutions, our companies, we're going to do better.

We also know that on average companies with more women in senior leadership roles have better work-life policies for women. And so this is not just about the women that get into the corner office, this is about the women that work in any company they work in, that work throughout our society.

There may be small errors in this transcript.

This video of Sheryl Sandberg was uploaded by The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. The 4.8% stat came from Diversity Inc. Thumbnail image by TechCrunch50-2008, used under Creative Commons license.

Jul 30, 2014

Flash Video Embed

This video is not supported by your device. Continue browsing to find other stuff you'll love!

In case you were wondering what matters to us, it's your privacy. Read our updated privacy policy.

Hey, Internet Friend. Looks like you're using a crazy old web browser, which is no longer supported. Please consider upgrading to something more modern—for a better experience, and a safer time online. We only want the best for you.

Download Google Chrome, and try it for a week. Don't think about it, just do it. You'll thank us later.