Columbia Gender Policy Director: Many Women “Derailed” In Business
8:30 am, February 6th | by Amy Tennery
Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the head of Columbia University’s Gender and Policy Program, told to Jezebel why she thinks Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s “message of self-reliance” isn’t realistic for all women in business: “I think she’s had a golden path herself, and perhaps does not more readily understand that the real struggles are not having children or ambition. Women are, in fact, fierce in their ambition, but they find that they’re actually derailed by other things, like they don’t have a sponsor in their life that helps them go for it.”
Hewlett’s comment was part of a larger piece at Jezebel that picked apart the Facebook exec’s message of empowerment. Bottom line? Being Sandberg isn’t always a cake walk.