Sheryl Sandberg: 'The Most Important Career Choice You'll Make Is Who You Marry'

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At today’s IGNITION conference in New York, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talked about what it’s like being one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley. She also revealed the advice she gives to women: “The most important career choice you’ll make is who you marry. I have an awesome husband, and we’re 50/50.” 

She spoke passionately about how there’s a “stalled revolution for women” right now, and how having a supportive spouse — a real partner — will play a huge part in your success. 

She said one of the biggest mistakes women make is choosing to “leave before they leave” a job, and that there’s a huge problem in our society when people ask husbands of more-successful wives, “Are you doing OK?” 

Men always lean forward in their careers, no matter where they’re going, she said, and women more often lean back. And that’s a huge mistake — because the person leaning in “will one day be your boss.” 

Sandberg also cited two studies: 1) when it comes to GPA, men usually remember their number as slightly higher, and women usually remember theirs as slightly lower; and 2) people like men who are successful, but not women who are. 

But people seem to like Sheryl Sandberg. 

Now read 9 ways Sheryl Sandberg became the most powerful woman in Silicon Valley >
 

 

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