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Facebook chief: We need more well-paid women in top jobs

Tech chief: Sheryl Sandberg says it is important that girls are told they can run the world PICTURE: AP

FACEBOOK’S Sheryl Sandberg joined the debate on the gender pay row, saying women should be better paid and have more access to influential jobs.

The social media giant’s chief operating officer said on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs: ‘We know that when we don’t ask we don’t get. We need to start paying women well. Certainly women applying for jobs at the same rate as men, women running for office at the same rate as men, that has got to be part of the answer.’

The first of the songs she chose was Beyoncé’s Run The World (Girls). ‘Beyoncé’s message that women can run the world is so important for little girls — and boys — to hear,’ said Ms Sandberg, 47, who has campaigned with the singer for gender equality.

Her comments came days after the BBC revealed the pay of its 96 highest earners. Only 34 were women and the highest-paid woman, Claudia Winkleman, earned barely a quarter of Chris Evans’s £2million.

During the interview with Kirsty Young, Ms Sandberg also spoke about meeting home secretary Amber Rudd to discuss ways of keeping terror propaganda off social media.