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Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook post about single mothers for Mother’s Day is an inspiring one that honors them and speaks of her insight into their lives.
“I never understood how often the world would remind my children and me of what we don’t have.”
In the run-up to Mother’s Day this year, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has made an impassioned plea on behalf of all single mothers. More than a year after her husband SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg death on May 1, 2015, Sandberg writes that his death “has redefined what it is to be a mother” for her. She has been raising her two children by herself, working at Facebook and also running a women’s support group– Lean In.
She says that although she was insulated from the financial difficulties, not all single mothers are fortunate enough because they didn’t have the ‘safety net’. Additionally, the profound emotional stress of societal assumption that ‘dad is around’ has an exponential affect on the mental health of these single mothers.
“Before, I did not quite get it.”
Sandberg’s recent experience seems to have opened her eyes and has put certain things in her perspective. One of them is the shortcomings of her runaway bestseller book, ‘Lean In’. The book had received severe criticism because of its inability to emphasize on the many workplace challenges that marginalized disadvantaged women faced.
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