In the male-dominated entrepreneurial world that we live in, it is more than obvious that something should be done to empower women to enter the startup scene and the tech industry. One of the most inspiring women in tech, the famous COO of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org, Sheryl Sandberg is a role model for women and young girls, who have bold ideas, big goals and a drive for success. The following 12 quotes are a perfect selection of Sandberg’s insights on inspiring women in tech!
Do you know talented women who need encouragement to begin their journey in the startup world? Pass this on to them!
If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.
Every woman I know, particularly the senior ones, has been called too aggressive at work. We know in gender blind studies that men are more aggressive in their offices than women. We know that. Yet we’re busy telling all the women that they’re too aggressive. That’s the issue.
We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.
Until women are as ambitious as men, they’re not going to achieve as much as men.
We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.
Feeling confident—or pretending that you feel confident—is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliché, but opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized.
Women don’t take enough risks. Men are just ‘foot on the gas pedal.’ We’re not going to close the achievement gap until we close the ambition gap.
I really think we need more women to lean into their careers and to be really dedicated to staying in the work force.
I’d like to see where boys and girls end up if they get equal encouragement – I think we might have some differences in how leadership is done.
It’s easy to dislike the few senior women out there. What if women were half the positions in power? It would be harder to dislike all of them.
For any of us in this room today, let’s start out by admitting we’re lucky. We don’t live in the world our mothers lived in, our grandmothers lived in, where career choices for women were so limited.
If more women are in leadership roles, we’ll stop assuming they shouldn’t be.