Face­book COO urges ac­tion to nar­row gen­der wage gap

New Straits Times - - Business / World -

LONDON: Face­book Inc chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Sh­eryl Sand­berg on Sun­day called on gov­ern­ments and com­pa­nies to do more to close the gen­der pay gap, and said both girls and boys should be en­cour­aged to be­come lead­ers from an early age.

“We need to start pay­ing women well and we need the pub­lic pol­icy and the cor­po­rate pol­icy to get there,” she told the BBC.

“But cer­tainly women ap­ply­ing for jobs at the same rate as men, women run­ning for of­fice at the same rate as men, that’s got to be part of the an­swer.”

The is­sue of women earn­ing less than men arose again ear­lier this month, when the BBC was forced to re­veal the pay of its jour­nal­ists and pre­sen­ters.

Men earn­ing more than £150,000 (RM843,349) a year out­num­bered women two to one, and the broad­caster’s top-ranking man re­ceived more than four times the amount of its high­est­paid woman.

Sand­berg, one of the most in­flu­en­tial Sil­i­con Val­ley ex­ec­u­tives and the au­thor of the 2013 book “Lean In”, said women un­der­val­ued the con­tri­bu­tion they could make in busi­ness.

“We start telling lit­tle girls not to lead at a very young ages and we start telling lit­tle boys to lead at a very young age, and that’s a mis­take,” she said.

“I be­lieve ev­ery­one has in­side them the abil­ity to lead and we should let peo­ple choose that, not based on gen­der but on who they are and who they want to be.”

Sh­eryl Sand­berg

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