She says that power imbalance—which is societally engrained, and almost always privileges white men—is also why, in this seemingly progressive moment, “cheering is not enough.” “We need systemic, lasting changes that deter bad behavior and protect everyone, from professionals climbing the corporate ladder to workers in low-paid positions who often have little power,” writes Sandberg. She then lays out a pointed, six-step strategy for how every industry can work to end gender discrimination, starting now
In 2015 she collected the stories and essays of 19 female veterans of the tech industry into Lean Out, one of the first books to begin peeling back the layers of hypocrisy, secrecy, protectionism, and denial about sexual harassment across the industry. The book proposes this simple but radical solution: Women should not try to adapt to the male-centric corporate world, instead women should “lean out” and create their own companies. “I’ve figured out a way to create safe space for myself in tech,” wrote Shevinsky.
The survey, by consulting giant McKinsey and the Sheryl Sandberg-funded women's organization Lean In, shows a sharp divide between how men and women view their companies' efforts at advancing women. The annual report, which in 2017 surveyed more than 70,000 employees working at 76 companies, shows that 63 percent of men surveyed said their company is doing what it takes to improve gender diversity, while 49 percent of women said the same.