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born 1969

Sheryl Sandberg always excelled as a student, receiving top honors everywhere from North Miami High to Harvard Business. However, what truly set her apart is that she didn't stop with academic achievement ~ she "leaned in" to roll her success into a high-profile career as 1 of the top businesspeople in tech. 

Sheryl got her start in NGOs and government but rose to fame as an acclaimed exec in the digital dynasties of Google and Facebook. Today, she's at the forefront of a reinvigorated feminist movement, inspiring women all over the world to "keep a foot on the gas pedal" until we have full gender equality all the way to the top.

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her quotes

all quotes by Sheryl Sandberg (31)

"So the question is, how are we going to fix this? How do we changes these numbers at the top? How do we make this different?"

Why we have too few women leaders | december 2010

"Studies show that households with equal earning and equal responsibility also have half the divorce rate. And if that wasn't good enough motivation for everyone out there, . . . they know each other more in the biblical sense as well."

Why we have too few women leaders | december 2010

"Women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world."

Why we have too few women leaders | december 2010

"I want my son to have a choice to contribute fully in the workforce or at home, and I want my daughter to have the choice to not just succeed, but to be liked for her accomplishments."

Why we have too few women leaders | december 2010

"Do not lean back; lean in."

Barnard College commencement address | may 2011

"At Facebook we have a very broad mission. . . . We want to connect the whole world. We want to make the whole world more open and more transparent."

Barnard College commencement address | may 2011

"Do I believe I was judged more harshly because of my double-Xs? Yes."

Barnard College commencement address | may 2011

"[W]e have to admit something that’s sad but true: men run the world."

Barnard College commencement address | may 2011

"What we basically have is an ambition gap. All around the world."

Women as the Way Forward | january 2012

"Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively for women."

Women as the Way Forward | january 2012

"If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat."

Harvard Business School commencement | may 2012

"We are never at fifty-fifty at any given moment—perfect equality is hard to define or sustain—but we allow the pendulum to swing back and forth between us."

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead | march 2013

"We need more men to sit at the table…the kitchen table."

Lean In | march 2013

"I truly believe that the single most important career decision that a woman makes is whether she will have a life partner and who that partner is."

Lean In | march 2013

"The time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream."

Lean In | march 2013

"A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes. I believe this would be a better world."

Lean In | march 2013

"The cost of stability is often diminished opportunities for growth."

Lean In | march 2013

"Don’t enter the workforce already looking for the exit. Don’t put on the brakes. Accelerate. Keep a foot on the gas pedal until a decision must be made. That’s the only way to ensure that when that day comes, there will be a real decision to make."

Lean In | march 2013

"Any coalition of support must also include men, many of whom care about gender inequality as much as women do."

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead | march 2013

"Leadership is not bullying and leadership is not aggression. Leadership is the expectation that you can use your voice for good. That you can make the world a better place."

Sheryl Sandberg Launches 'Ban Bossy' Campaign to Empower Girls to Lead | march 2014

"Don't let yourselves off the hook by deciding that something is out of your reach. You never know what you're capable of until you try."

City Colleges of Chicago commencement address | may 2014

"Just as orchestras that use blind auditions increase the number of women who are selected, organizations can increase women’s contributions by adopting practices that focus less on the speaker and more on the idea."

Speaking While Female | january 2015

"No industry or country can reach its full potential until women reach their full potential."

for IGNITE: Women Fueling Science and Technology | january 2015

"Everywhere, we expect men to lead and women to follow. Men to innovate and women to support. We need to surface these deep biases we all hold to change the narrative."

for IGNITE: Women Fueling Science and Technology | january 2015

"The path to change is best traveled when we travel together."

for IGNITE: Women Fueling Science and Technology | january 2015

"Social media has created a historical shift from the historically powerful to the historically powerless. Now everyone has a voice."

The Future of the Digital Economy | january 2015

"Real empathy is sometimes not insisting that it will be okay but acknowledging that it is not."

Facebook post | june 2015

"When life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface and breathe again."

Berkeley commencement address | may 2016

"It is the hard days—the times that challenge you to your very core—that will determine who you are. You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive."

Berkeley commencement address | may 2016

"We all, at some point, live some form of option B."

Berkeley commencement address | may 2016

"It turns out, counting your blessings can actually increase your blessings."

Berkeley commencement address | may 2016
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