Facebook COO: Women should marry women

Summary:Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says a woman should make sure to marry the right man, or even better, a woman. She says that way, the workload is divided more equally.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, a mother of two, believes women should marry women. In exceptional circumstances, they can marry men, she said during a recent Makers interview (excerpt embedded above). "The most important thing -- and I've said it a hundred times and I'll say it a hundred times -- if you marry a man, marry the right one," Sandberg said. "If you can marry a woman, that's better because the split between two women in the home is pretty even, the data shows." She didn't elaborate on her source. Unlike men, women feel guilty for working full time, according to Sandberg. Furthermore, they are liked less the more they succeed. That's something that needs to change. "I feel guilty when my son says, 'Mommy, put down the BlackBerry, talk to me' and that happens far too much," she said. "I think all women feel guilty. I think what's interesting is I don't know many men who feel guilty. I don't know a lot of men who feel guilty for working full time, it's expected that they'll work full time...I wonder if there were more shared responsibility if more men would feel guilty too and women would feel less of it." Sandberg didn't exactly follower her own advice: she married SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg. We can presume though, that he's the right man. For years, Sandberg has been leaving at 5:30 PM so she could be home for dinner with her children. She recently started saying this publicly in the hopes of encourage others to do the same. See also:

Topics: Social Enterprise, CXO, Tech & Work


Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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