Admittedly, I’m a bit slow on the uptake with this one, since it was delivered in May, but Sheryl Sandberg’s speech is essentially listening if you ask me. Watch it below.
Addressing the graduating class of New York’s Barnard college, Facebook COO Sandberg focuses on gender equality, and the lack thereof, which she calls ‘this generation’s central moral problem.’ She urges the all female class that in order to close the gender gap, particularly in the workplace, they’re going to have to be ambitious and believe in themselves. Hardly groundbreaking advice, but some of the studies she quotes from are astonishing e.g. evidence that women will attribute their success to external factors but men will believe it’s because, basically, they’re awesome. She also answers the question I posed back in April, do girls really run the world? You’ll never guess – it turns out they don’t. Yes, it’s a little bit cheesy at times, but ultimately this is an incredibly inspirational speech that every woman (and man for that matter) should hear.