Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg launches mentorship program

Sheryl Sandberg - Lean In

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg is starting up a mentorship network for women in tech. The idea is to boost women studying and working in computer science by networking, supporting and learning from each other.

It’s a well-documented problem that the tech industry is male-dominated – and the future’s not looking brighter. Barely one in five computer science students are women today, a percentage that’s dropped significantly since the 1980s.

Sheryl Sandberg addressed the issue on her Facebook page (where else):

The solution to getting more women into CS is… getting more women into CS. This is because stereotypes are self-reinforcing; computer science and engineering classes “feel male” because they are dominated by men.

To fix this, Sandberg’s Lean In project is starting a new global chapter - to promote women studying computer science and engineering. The project is supported by Facebook, LinkedIn, and the Anita Borg Institute.

Looking for some extra support as you pursue your computer science and engineering career? Look no further—we’d love to have you as a part of a wide network of women who want to Circle up in support of women in CS&E majors at colleges around the world!

In Lean In, Sandberg’s book published in 2013, she described her own experiences of gender differences in tech, offering practical advice for women in the field.

Since then, Lean In Circles have broadened to become an on- and offline community supporting women in tech with monthly meetups. More than 21,500 Circles have formed in more than 97 countries.

(Photo: Flickr/JD Lasica, Flickr/Thomas Hawk)

 

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