Sheryl Sandberg was one of the tech industry leaders who made news this week when she attended a summit meeting at Trump Tower in New York City. The Facebook COO sat just two seats away from President-elect Donald Trump. According to Recode’s Kara Swisher, Sandberg pressed Trump to focus on the need for more STEM education initiatives for women and underrepresented minorities, and brought up paid family leave issues. But, in another scenario, imagined by Amy Davidson of The New Yorker, Sandberg could be the president-elect dictating the agenda. Or, at the very least, a candidate for president in the 2020 race.
Yes, it’s four years away, but many are already thinking about how to best topple Trump during the next election, and Davidson presents Sandberg, along with 12 other impressive women, as an example of someone who could pull off such a task. “Sandberg is ambitious and talented and a far better businessperson than Donald Trump. (She helped build Google; she could also help fund her own campaign.),” Davidson points out. “And she also has some public-service experience, in the Treasury Department, where she worked with Lawrence Summers.” Sandberg was also a named tossed around by the Clinton campaign for possible cabinet posts. “Maybe it’s time for her to start thinking about her own Cabinet picks,” Davidson mused. Imagine Sandberg leaning into a job in the Oval Office. That’s a thought many could get used to in short order.
Of course, there’s no telling what political aspirations, if any, Sandberg may harbor right now. So, Davidson has a dozen more impressive women whom she thinks should give serious consideration to mounting a 2020 White House bid. Some of them are already household names — Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand, to name a couple. But not all of her selections have experience in government or politics. And that’s OK. Trump had none and look where he ended up. Plus, Davidson, argues, “Women, in all professions, tend to feel that they need to make their résumés perfect before putting themselves forward. Maybe they should stop thinking that way, at least in American politics, where insiderness does not seem to be particularly valued at the moment.”
Read the full story and see all of Davidson’s picks at The New Yorker.