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Women have long dominated the heated discussion around gender equality. But one group not engaging in the conversation is men, says Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

What’s more, in her new bestseller “Lean In,” Sandberg argues gender parity is impossible without them.

“I think it is too hard for men to talk about gender,” says Sandberg. “We have to let men talk about this … because we need men to talk about this if it is ever going to change.”

And with men at the helm of most large companies, engaging the other 50% of the population in the gender debate is the key to gender equality, she says.

“I don’t think men should be part of “Lean In” or part of equality because it’s nice for women. They need to be part of it for themselves … as managers and as peers in the workforce this is a competitive advantage for men.”

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