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I’d heard about Sheryl Sandberg’s TED Talk, but put it off because it seemed long, and I was prepared for more blahblahblah about women being underrepresented, whatever.

I finally watched it tonight.

And I found myself tearing up at moments.

I am probably especially prone to this, because I am a 17-year-old girl with a lot of ambition, and the world sometimes seems daunting. I confess the moment that hit me hardest was when Sandberg mentioned that studies have shown that there’s a correlation between popularity and success for men, but an inverse correlation for women. Even at 17, I have that sense, but I’d never had it put into words before.

It was striking that I’ve seen in my high school some of the phenomenons which she describes. I think that’s what made me a little teary, maybe because I assumed that these things would subside, and because I’ve always considered myself lucky that there are things like scholarships for high school girls in computer science. I guess I never really thought about the reason those scholarships exist, even though I could watch them play out on my own campus.

So, even though you are probably not a 17-year-old girl who’s about to study in a heavily-male field, I think you should watch it too. If you can spare the 14 minutes.

Cross-posted on Intersect

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