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Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, Stays Mum On Political Future

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Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg isn't planning to lean in to politics -- at least, not yet.

During Sunday's "60 Minutes," CBS correspondent Norah O'Donnell asked Sandberg if it bothered her that the United States has yet to elect a female president.

"Yes, it does," Sandberg said.

"Why wouldn't you lean in and run?" O'Donnell asked.

"I mean, for me, I feel like I'm doing all the leaning in that I can do right now," she replied.

Sandberg's appearance on the news magazine coincides with the release of her book, Lean In, which hits shelves on Tuesday. The book focuses on why men still dominate leadership roles in business and government, and encourages women to be proactive in their professional lives.

"I think we're stalled," Sandberg said when asked about the "women's revolution." "And I think we need to acknowledge that we're stalled so that we can change it."

She continued, "I'm not suggesting women aren't ambitious. Plenty of women are as ambitious as men. What I am saying, and I want to say it unequivocally and unapologetically, that the data is clear that when it comes to ambition to lead, to be the leader of whatever you're doing, men, boys, outnumber girls and women."

Despite her reluctance to wade into a presidential campaign just yet, the Facebook executive, who was ranked one of Time's Most Influential People last year, is active in politics.

Sandberg hosted a high-profile fundraiser for President Obama's reelection campaign, and has donated to a number of Democratic candidates. And in 2011, Sandberg was reportedly floated as a potential replacement for former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

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