Facebook COO Sandberg empowers women to seek top jobs and bolster equality

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wants women to make a stand in order to create a world that is more equal and sees women making just as many influential decisions as men.

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The social networking site’s highest-ranking female employee told the BBC that the world needs to see an equilibrium when it comes to men and women holding the most important roles in companies.

"It's really important that since women make up half of the population, women start having half the seats at tables where the decisions are made and that's not where we are today," Sandberg said.

Sandberg, who is second in line to Mark Zuckerberg’s throne as CEO of Facebook, thinks that women need to grab the bull by the horns, so to speak, and directly influence the process.

"If you're thinking about doing something, ask yourself what you would do if you weren't afraid and then do it," she added.

The former Google VP also stated that women are able to be “unbelievably effective” business and government leaders, and entrepreneurs, and it comes after 2013’s publication of Lean In, a book issuing advice to women on how to make progress at work.

Facebook’s COO was head-hunted from Google by Zuckerberg back in 2008 when she was appointed to try to help boost advertising revenue that is earned from the company’s millions of users.

When it came to the company that she is a part of, Sandberg admitted that the planet is experiencing a “huge technological shift,” and that the social networking site must be ready to adapt.

"We are in the middle of the fastest adoption of disruptive technology the world has ever seen and that is the mobile phone," she added.

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Facebook is currently in the midst of developing its iPhone Paper app that remains ad-free for the time being with Sandberg willing to “invest for a long time” prior to inserting ads into the service.