• Friday , 18 Aug 2017
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'Pay women well'

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Fairer pay for women must be backed up by stronger policies at work, according to Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg.


But the firm's chief operating officer, in an interview for BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, said the first step is to "start paying women well".


She chose Beyonce's empowering Run The World (Girls) as her first song.


She said: "We start telling little girls not to lead at a really young age and we start to tell boys [to] lead at a very young age. That is a mistake."


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


In an emotional interview, Ms Sandberg also spoke of the sudden death of her husband in 2015 and the effect on her two young children. "I didn't know anyone could cry this much," she said.


Ms Sandberg made headlines in 2013 with her book "Lean in" about female empowerment in the workplace.


It became a worldwide bestseller, but was criticised by some for being elitist and unrealistic for many women not in her privileged position.


'We need policy'


In the interview, she also called for more to be done around the gender pay gap between men and women.


Ms Sandberg admitted she had struggled with self-doubt at Harvard and recognised that women more than men underestimated their own worth, preventing them from putting themselves forward or asking for a pay rise.


"We need to start paying women well and we need the public and the corporate policy to get there," she said.


"Certainly, women applying for jobs at the same rate as men, women running for office at the same rate as men, that has got to be part of the answer."


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