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Opinion: How to have more Sheryl Sandbergs
Courtney Martin and Katie Orenstein say Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, above, knows the value of confident friends.
February 14th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Opinion: How to have more Sheryl Sandbergs

Editor's note: Courtney E. Martin is the author of "Perfect Girls, Starving: How Perfection is Harming Young Women," and Katie Orenstein is the founder and CEO of The Op-Ed Project.

By Courtney E. Martin and Katie Orenstein, Special to CNN

(CNN) - Facebook's decision to file for public status last week means its No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, might be worth as much as $1.6 billion. According to Forbes, that would catapult her just below the seemingly untouchable Oprah in the ranking of the richest self-made women. She won't have much company: Only 7.5% of the major earners at America's Fortune 500 companies are female.

The many media profiles of Sandberg all seem to be asking the same question: How did Sheryl do it? How did she get the confidence to perform so well at such a high level?

Read Courtney E. Martin and Katie Orenstein's full commentary

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