Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Says No One Would Criticize Marissa Mayer if she Was A Man

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Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operating officer, has expressed that she is an ally for Marissa Mayer after she made the controversial order for employees to work in the office.

In an article published about Sandberg’s first book, she said Mayer is “a sort of feminist manifesto” and suggested that people are critical of her because she is a woman.

Mayer released the controversial memo last month, which forbid employees from working at home.

“Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home...we need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together,” the memo said.

Employees expressed frustration with the memo, and criticized Mayer for building a nursery adjoining her office, a luxury most of her workers can’t afford to have.

Sandberg, also a mother, said she approved of Mayer’s decision.

“No one knows what happened there. I think flexibility is important for women and for men. But there are some jobs that are superflexible and some that aren’t,” she said.

In her book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will To Lead, will be published next week, and is classified as a memoir offering career guidance to women. She said women are able to succeed in the corporate world by having good fortune, working hard and getting help from other people. But she emphasizes that women need to be more ambitious.

The book incorporates many of Sandberg’s experiences as she climbed the corporate ladder, first working at Google and then at Facebook. She is now one of the most powerful women in the tech industry.

She recounted an experience where a group of all-male financiers could not even tell her where the female toilet was because no one had ever asked for it.

“Am I the only woman to have pitched a deal here in an entire year?” she asked them.

The client said, “I think so, or maybe you’re the only one who had to use the bathroom.”

The key advice in the story is to not “lean back” when it comes to living life, but to “lean in” and give 100% in every area of life.

“When it comes to ambition to, boys, outnumber girls and women. Women attribute their success to working hard, luck, and help from other people. Men will attribute whatever success they have to their own core skills,” she said.