Sheryl Sandberg And Marissa Mayer: How They Differ

Marissa Mayer and Sheryl SandbergThe last half century has seen many feminist icons, from the disaffected 1960s housewife (Betty Friedan) to the ferocious lawyer-warrior (Catherine MacKinnon) and the short-skirted, brilliant journalist (Gloria Steinem). But it's telling of our times that the two most high-profile and provocative megaphones for women today are both business executives at technology firms.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, 43, and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, 37, have dominated the media in the last few weeks, Mayer because of her controversial ban on Yahoo employees working from home, and Sandberg because of her new manifesto for young women, "Lean In."

Many hail the women as trailblazers -- wickedly smart and extraordinarily successful, shaping the world from a typically male perch. More movement-feminists accuse them of ignoring their own privilege and luck, as well as the institutional barriers that still prevent so many women from getting within a stone's throw of a glass ceiling.

But as two of the prominent, praised and pummeled representatives of half the species, AOL Jobs thought it was worth looking a little closer at exactly what they have to say on today's hot-button women's issues, and lay it all out in a handy chart:








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Claire Gordon

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iamsmooth48

get ready their running for office...Have all the money in the world, now they want power

March 11 2013 at 9:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joquintana

I admire both of these outstanding women. They are bright, accomplished, and wealthy, and attractive. Hats off to them! Later for the bitter. old feminists that criticize them. Ms. Mayer and Ms. Sandberg don't owe those old biddies anything.

March 11 2013 at 5:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jimlpro

Most criticism of these two center's around: “lucky, rich, and out-of-touch.” Both sides of the women-in-the-workforce debate say this, but we also say this about every successful person. Yet these two are supposed to represent women and feminism...I think its silly that both sides automatically assign them this role, and then criticize them for playing it. If you are on one side, think: what must these women do to end your criticism? Perhaps leave the workforce and become housewives? Or lose all their wealth and become average moms? Funny how that's practically the same place?

March 11 2013 at 3:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
leearlenew

I am getting so tired of these Silicon Valley nobodies that just happened to be in the right place, at the right time with the right connections, who flash their way up into the stratosphere of economics, business and stardom and think their special.

They stay in their little political tide-pools, surround themselves with smiley faced nincompoops, who agree with very belch and burp, these self inflated egocentrics make, and then pontificate to the rest of us scum like they are gods gift to everything

If your so damn good, start over, go ahead with the billion you already now have, start over and do it again. Try it, hot shots.

Your end up hanging on to a trash truck.

You can’t do it, even with the fortune you compiled as a crutch

I for one don’t want to here from you.

March 11 2013 at 12:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
viviglam

All the vitriol spewed at these amazing women.

You all make excuses.

"Well that had money to go to Harvard." Blah blah blah.

If you study hard you can go to Harvard.

If you want it - you will find a way.

Man up guys. Man up.

March 10 2013 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alysse

I am a woman in tech, I chose to work at home and missed the big wave, but my kids are great and I am back at it full time in my own company. I applaud these women, but I do fault Marissa making everyone come into the office. I think it is important to have team meetings, but you don't have to be in the office. As most of the time people's heads are in their computers in their own world... The main fault is that she builds a nursery next to her office while her employees can't have their kids nearby...by making them stay at the office instead of at home.

March 10 2013 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nick

They should thank the aborted babies upon which they climb the ladder of money, power, prestige, and honor. If those babies still had a right to life, none of this power would be possible.

March 10 2013 at 11:04 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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viviglam

Who said they aborted their babies? Also your comment is cheap and false.

March 10 2013 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Am sure they laid on many a bosses couch...

March 10 2013 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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viviglam

Yeah because they're women they couldn't POSSIBLY "get ahead" by their very own smarts. NOT!!

You're a self emasculating douchebag. MAN UP.

You're obviously frightened by strong women. Not HOT.

Yuck.

Your lame avatar speaks volumes.

Dick less douche bag.

March 10 2013 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joyceand

They are both educated and talented women. Even the comments on this board show the resentment and hostility they face. Bill Gates and Zuckerberg both went to Harvard (didn't graduate) and you don't hear resentment about that. And Sheryl Sandberg's comment about the dearth of women in technology is insightful--the stereotype threat--which means that groups of people (in this case women) internalize stereotypes about them and act accordingly 9in this case avoid high tech jobs. I admire both of these women.

March 10 2013 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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viviglam

You said it. So many idiotic, insecure, dickless men calling these women names.

But no one demonized Steve Jobs.

March 10 2013 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
potmind

Is this an offensive sexist blog?

March 10 2013 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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