Gender Parity Gets Men More Money, Family Time, and Sex

More gender parity in the workplace means more economic gain for everyone, ample time for men to be fathers, and it turns women on in the bedroom.

A rising tide of women floats all men's boats, says Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. More gender parity in the workplace means more economic gain for everyone, ample time for men to be fathers, and it turns women on in the bedroom.


Along with Adam Grant, professor at the Wharton School of business at the University of Pennsylvania, Sandberg is writing a four-part series on gender equality for The New York Times. In the latest installment, she appeals to men's self-interest, debunking the fear that men lose out when more women succeed.

Having more women in upper levels of management has historically meant more innovation and greater share value, as an analysis demonstrates of 1,500 Standard & Poor’s companies over 15 years. And when companies succeed, everyone who works for them succeeds. Equality is not a zero-sum game, says Sandberg.

When Jane Diplock recently sat down with Big Think — Diplock is the former chair of the New Zealand SEC — she discussed the correlation between profitability and having an equal number of men and women on corporate boards:

"[If] we actually had full female participation [in Australia's economy], we would improve the country’s performance by 12 percent, the productivity of the country. Now suddenly, that gets even the most, let me say, misogynist person interested. ... It’s this productivity argument that is moving some of the people to understand that it is their fiduciary duty to do that for the productivity of their enterprise and for the productivity of the nation."

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