When I heard Sheryl Sandberg was stepping down from Meta, I had mixed feelings. ​​​​​​​​
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“It’s the end of an era,” articles touted. I didn’t know what that meant. The end of *what* era? The era of women in powerful positions? Not likely. ​​​​​​​​
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And certainly, I take some issue with the way Sandberg put so much responsibility on women in the workplace, and wish someone had written that same book to teach men how to create more space for women and equality. ​​​​​​​​
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As I often remind my clients, the world of work was made by men for men. And, let’s be honest: it benefits them. Of course it does. ​​​​​​​​
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Still, women like me have learned the rules and adapted them for ourselves. As an executive coach, I spend some of my time with my female clients helping them to learn the game and play it well to achieve career and leadership success.​​​​​​​​
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I believe we’re one or two generations away from gender equity. Whatever generation comes behind Gen Z, I think that’ll be the one that achieves what we’ve been working so hard for. ​​​​​​​​
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More importantly, I absolutely envision a day when as a culture, we aren’t surprised or taken aback by powerful, assertive women. I believe that day will come. I don’t think Sheryl Sandberg stepping down is the end of an era. Not by a long shot. We’re just getting started.​​​​​​​​
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