Facebook's Sandberg calls
for new policies to boost women's pay
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[July 31, 2017]
LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc
Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg called on governments and
companies to do more to close the gender pay gap on Sunday 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
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
Men earning more than 150,000 pounds ($197,000) a year outnumbered women
by two to one, and the broadcaster's top-ranking man received more than
four times the amount of its highest-paid 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 very young ages and we
start telling little boys to lead at a very young ages, and that's a
mistake" she told interviewer Kirsty Young on the long-running radio
show Desert Island Discs.
"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."
Sandberg also discussed the efforts that Facebook was taking to keep the
platform and its messaging service WhatsApp from being used to promote
and discuss militant attacks.
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Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, delivers a
speech during a visit in Paris, France, January 17, 2017, at a
start-up companies gathering at Paris' Station F site as the company
tries to head off tougher regulation by Germany. REUTERS/Philippe
Speaking about a meeting with British interior minister Amber Rudd, she
said the company and the British government were "very aligned in our
"We want to make sure all of us do our part to stop terrorism, and so
our Facebook policies are very clear: there's absolutely no place for
terrorism, hate, calls for violence of any kind," she said.
Rudd has called on tech companies to do more stop extremists posting
content on their platforms and using encrypted messaging services to
"As technology evolves these are complicated conversations, we're in
close communication working through the issues all around the world,"
Sandberg said on Sunday.
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(Reporting by Paul Sandle, editing by Larry King)
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