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Women, lean in

[ 2013-10-29 10:10] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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When Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, visited China to promote her new book, Lean In, she already had a large number of fans in the country. People were drawn to Sandberg either by her story of success, or the notion of the renewed feminist movement inspired by her book.

Her personal glamour is not confined to a pretty face, elegant behavior, smart talk, perfect CV and a happy marriage, all of which laid a wonderful foundation for her book to be a best-seller, as Kong Yan, editor with her Chinese publisher, points out. Her persona seems to radiate from deep inside.

The moment Sandberg finished a session with Chinese media upon her visit, she walked directly to a reporter who had asked a question about her own hard decisions between work and marriage, Sandberg held the reporter's hand and said, "You'll be all right."

Sandberg knows these kinds of struggles well. And she also notices that while professional women feel guilty for choosing work over family, their male peers will probably not.

"I wrote Lean In because despite the fact that women have made a lot of progress, nowhere in the world are women close to half of the positions of leaders as men," she says.

She is also worried about the scenario when women begin to feel content with the current progress, and "they stop being feminists".

As COO of a technology-based firm, Sandberg quotes data with ease.

She says across the world only 16 governments are run by women, while 95 % of global companies are run by men. In the United States, women make up 18 percent of seats in the Congress, and 14 percent of the top jobs in the corporations. While in China, women constitute 4.5 percent of top CEO jobs in 1997, and about 5 percent today, she quotes.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Women, lean in

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Women, lean in

Anne Ruisi is an editor at China Daily online with more than 30 years of experience as a newspaper editor and reporter. She has worked at newspapers in the U.S., including The Birmingham News in Alabama and City Newspaper of Rochester, N.Y.