Sheryl Sandberg is the 42-year-old Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, the highest ranked woman in the company, and she says women should embrace their femininity in the workplace.
“I’ve cried at work. I’ve told people I’ve cried at work,’ she said. ‘I don’t believe we have a professional self from Mondays through Fridays and a real self for the rest of the time.”
“I talk about my hopes and fears and ask people about theirs. I try to be myself. Honest about my strengths and weaknesses, and I encourage others to do the same. It’s all professional and it is all personal, all at the very same time.”
But critics said Ms Sandberg was already in a position of power and other women further down the chain of command could not afford the ‘luxury’ of tears at work.
What do you think?
Here’s what else is on our radar today:
1. Prince Charles released this previously unseen holiday snap of him, his sister Princess Anne and a corgi ahead of his mother’s (the Queen’s) Diamond Jubilee.
2. A gay couple have become the first in New South Wales to be officially recognised as the parents of a child, born by a surrogate. A court found the woman was not paid and did so voluntarily, also agreeing to have her name removed from the birth certificate.
3. Fairfax journalists at The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review returned to work after a 36-hour strike, protesting the removal of 66 editorial jobs from the Newcastle Herald and Illawarra Mercury to a central hub … based in New Zealand. The Canberra Times staff also joined the stop work action yesterday.
4. The minimum wage is now $606.40 a week after a ‘modest’ $17.10 increase by Fair Work Australia.
5. The girl who caught the attention of the world after she was snapped fleeing naked, with burns to her body from napalm during the Vietnam War, says the image ultimately freed her, despite wanting to escape its powerful pull for many years. It will be 40 years on June 8 since it was snapped and the photographer Nick Ut and Kim Phuc remain close friends. He took her to hospital after this photo was taken (she collapsed unconscious) and flashed his American press pass, demanding the reluctant doctors treat her. Kim Phuc is married these days with two children of her own. Nick Ut says Kim has always been like a daughter to him.
6. A Justin Bieber concert in Europe went so out of control that 49 fans were injured, more attempted to paddle inflatable rafts across a lake to see their hero and the Oslo mayor reportedly hid behind a tree to avoid it all. Oh, youth!
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Chrissie Swan covered The Australian Women's Weekly.