Sheryl Sandberg – Why there are too few women leaders

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Hey Sistas,

I just had to share this video of Sheryl Sandberg’s TED talk with you – Sheryl talks about why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the ‘corner suite’.

If you don’t know Sheryl, she is the Chief Operating Officer for Facebook – yep she is one smart, beautiful, powerful woman that heads up Facebook’s business operations including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications.

But what I love about her is that she is an advocate for women and gender equality – and an amazing role-model for women wanting to strive to the top of their fields.

One of the sad things that Sheryl discusses is a recent study that showed how success and likability is positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women.

Which very basically means that people think it’s good and ok for men to be successful and more likely to be viewed as likeable. Not the case for successful women who are more likely to be perceived as unlikeable. 

Think about it, we are often so much harder and more judgemental of other women than we are of men. Even sadder is that, as Sheryl discusses, women are more judgmental of themselves and tend to downplay their own abilities and successes.

One of the reasons that I started The Sista Code is that I believe we, as women, need to unite and support and uplift each other. Watching this video reinforces that belief even more.

It’s time Sistas to stand up and be counted, raise our hand, sit at the table and support each other to rise to the ‘corner office’!

Enjoy and share Sistas!

Mel xx


Melissa Histon

Photographer, philanthropist, adventurer, blogger, avid permitter and social changer, Melissa Histon is a woman on a mission to make a real difference to the lives of women globally. Melissa spent 10 years working in the corporate world before leaving to establish a successful photography business. After experiencing a number of life-altering events, Melissa created The Sista Code in May 2014 with a dream to see women empowered, happy and connected. Whether it's building a house for the homeless in Nepal, interviewing inspiring women from around the globe, or creating events and campaigns to support sistas escaping domestic violence, Melissa knows that true change can only happen when we all stand together and boost each other.


  1. deborah chaney

    December 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    amazing talk. really brings home the empowerment of women. Sheryl Sanberg is a great speaker and motivator. Who is walking the walk of her talks. Kudos

    • Melissa Histon

      The Sista Code

      December 15, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Thanks for your feedback Deborah! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! xx

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