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Listening Lesson: Too few women leaders?

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Today's lesson is based on a TED Talk by Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook. TED is an organisation that believes in the power of sharing ideas.

TED invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to give an 18 minute talk on a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. On their website more than 1400 TED Talks are available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages.

As someone who has recently stopped working and become a mother, I found this talk incredibly interesting. Sheryl Sandberg discusses the professional choices we face as women and how females can progress both personally and as a global community.

Listen to the talk and answer the true or false questions below.

Are you a female leader or have you given up a career to stay with your family?

As always, I'm interested to hear your stories and opinions.

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Now decide if the following statements are true or false:

  • 1. All women in the world now have basic civil rights.

  • 2. The speaker works for a website.

  • 3. 30% of people in parliament in the world are women.

  • 4. The speaker has a daughter.

  • 5. The speaker believes women underestimate their own abilities.

  • 6. The speaker believes that more pressure is put on girls to achieve highly.

  • 7. The speaker argues that women shouldn’t make decisions about their professional life too early.