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Women Who Run the World: Sheryl Sandberg

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at American chapter.
As women continue to grow more powerful in society and in the work force, it is important to acknowledge those who have taken great strides to pave the way for other women and who have gone to great lengths to set new and higher standards. As the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, Facebook is perhaps the greatest tool that runs most of the social world, and behind Facebook is a woman who, therefore, runs the world: Sheryl Sandberg.


Born in our very own Washington D.C., Sheryl was destined for success. Living in Florida during her adolescence, Sheryl was always at the “top of her class”. After high school, Sheryl attended Harvard College and graduated with a B.A. in economics and on top of that she was awarded the John H. Williams prize for being the top graduating student in economics. After working as a research assistant at the World Bank, Sheryl went on to receive her M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, with the highest distinction of course. 


After meeting Facebook co-founder and chief-executive, Mark Zuckerberg at a Christmas party in 2007, Sheryl accepted Zuckerberg’s offer to become Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, or COO. As Facebooks’s new COO, Sandberg began to realize ways to make the site more profitable. Sandberg became the leader in all of the site’s business operations. Sandberg’s proposals and persausions to have the leadership team agree on advertisment reliance is what created the exorbitant profits for the site. In 2012, Sandberg became the first female member and the eighth member of Facebook’s board of directors. 

Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

At just 44 years old and with an estimated net worth of 1.1 billion dollars, Sandberg was named business’s fifth most powerful woman. After publishing her book, Lean In, and sending Facebook into the mobile commuting game, Sandberg has proven she is truly unstoppable as both a woman and a person. Along with her current partnership alongside The Girl Scouts on the “Ban Bossy” campaign, Sandberg continues to encourage women to become leaders and to take the steps necessary for women’s workplace empowerment. Between herself and her book, Sandberg is the epitome of a driven and courageous woman, who is bound and determined to change the course and the workplace for women. Way to go, Sheryl!


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International Studies student at American University.