The Facebook COO is calling on more men to mentor women; top execs at Facebook, LinkedIn and Disney have signed up to #MentorHer
Sheryl Sandberg has a message for male managers: it’s high time to #MentorHer.
The Facebook COO’s corporate feminism initiative LeanIn.org has launched a campaign encouraging men in positions of power to sponsor women. The #MentorHer movement was inspired by the results of a poll that LeanIn.org conducted with SurveyMonkey, which revealed that 30% of male managers are uncomfortable working alone with a woman—double that from before the #MeToo movement kicked off last fall.
Among the poll’s findings are that the number of men uncomfortable with mentoring women alone has almost tripled to 16%, meaning that one in six male managers now think twice about engaging in an activity many workplace experts think is crucial to female corporate success. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations, which have claimed the scalps of prominent men like NBC host Matt Lauer and casino mogul Steve Wynn, high-ranking bosses are also five times likelier to hesitate before going on a work trip with a female subordinate.