Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' Ignites Feminist Debate

The Facebook COO and Disney director says women should be more assertive to advance their careers.
3:27 | 03/11/13

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cut,bruise, and hypertherm ya. Now facebook sheryl sandberg. Her new book is out this morning. It's ignite t a huge debate. 20/20" anchor elizabeth vargas sat down to talk to her about her new book, "leaning in." It's the most talked about book this morning, before women have had a chance to read it. It's called "lane in." It's number one on amazon before hitting book shelves. She's a rock star in the commuter world. She's a working mother with two Her new book set off a fire storm of debate about women in the work force with the question, are we ambitious enough? Before hitting store shelves this morning, coo of facebook sheryl sandberg's new book, "lean in" is generating a fire storm. She calls it a leadership ambition gap between working men and women. As women get more successful, they're less liked by men and women. As men get more successful, they're better liked. We look at why more women don't lead, why we don't have a woman president, because you have to be liked to be promoted. Reporter: She wants to create a movement. Instead, her candor is being demonized. The power point pied pi d piper in prada. In "lean in" she says too many working women are holding themselves back, preventing their own success because they're conditioned to choose being appreciated over being assertive. We applaud our sons for being assertive. We call our daughters bossy. It's time for women to stop paying a penalty for success. Reporter: She admits some of the criticism is because of her extraordinary career. She has two degrees from harvard. Work frd the treasury department before taking jobs at google and facebook. It's one thing to say, lean in, work harder, be more assertive about your success when you're sitting in your seat than a lot of other people's seats. Yeah, I'm lucky. I have resources other people don't have. That gives me the responsibility to speak out for women. People wonder who do you think you are? She's offering the less johons based on her experiences. Most of the critics thus far are women. Another point in her book, women should have debates without denigrating the people that you disagree with. We saw things like this weeks ago when the ceo of facebook said women should not be able to work from home. There are people saying, i love this title, in the atlantic. Suddenly shirl sand berg's critics care about working class women. I'm just glad we're talking about the issue. The dialogue. She'll be here live in this broadcast later this morning. Looking forward to that. We're going to turn now to

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