“The problem is women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world. The numbers tell the story quite clearly.” – Sheryl Sandberg

The above quote is from Sheryl’s TED Talk, “Why we have too few women leaders”, where she speaks about her experiences and observations as one of very few women at the executive level of business.

Here are 20 more Sheryl Sandberg quotes on women and work.

  • “Women face harder choices between professional success and personal fulfillment.”
  • “If you do want to stay in the workforce, sit at the table, make your partner a real partner, and don’t leave before you leave.”
  • “Women systematically underestimate their own abilities.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  • “Women do not negotiate for themselves in the workforce.”
  • “Men attribute their success to themselves, and women attribute it to other external factors.”
  • “No one gets to the corner office by sitting on the side” – Sheryl Sandberg
  • “No one gets the promotion if they don’t think they deserve their success, or they don’t even understand their own success.”
  • “Believe in yourself and negotiate for yourself. Own your own success.”
  • “Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women.”
  • “We’ve made more progress in the workforce than we have in the home.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  • “As a society, we put more pressure on our boys to succeed than we do on our girls.”
  • “Your job needs to be challenging. It needs to be rewarding. You need to feel like you’re making a difference.”
  • “A world where half of our countries and our companies are run by women would be a better world.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  • “In addition to the external barriers erected by society, women are hindered by barriers that exist within ourselves.”
  • “Internal obstacles deserve a lot more attention because they are under our own control.”
  • “We hold ourselves back by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  • “We hold ourselves back by lowering our own expectations of what we can achieve.”
  • “We hold ourselves back by internalizing the negative messages we get throughout our lives – the messages that say it’s wrong to be outspoken, aggressive, more powerful than men.”
  • “We hold ourselves back by continuing to do the majority of the housework and childcare.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  • “We hold ourselves back by compromising our career goals to make room for partners and children who may not even exist yet.”
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