Sheryl Sandberg Honors Single Moms in This Touching Mother's Day Facebook Post
In a touching Mother's Day Facebook post that quickly went viral, MAKER Sheryl Sandberg comments on the struggles of being a single mom in America.
After her husband, Dave, died a year ago Sandberg became a single mother. In her post she reflected on the difficulties of adapting to the unfamiliar world of single parenting.
"I did not understand how often I would look at my son's or daughter's crying face and not know how to stop the tears," she wrote.
Her post has more than 72,000 likes and was shared nearly 20,000 times since it was published on Friday.
Sandberg admitted her experience as a single mom made her realize she should have spent more time addressing in her acclaimed 2013 book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" the difficulties women face succeeding at work when they are overwhelmed with home duties as single parents.
"Some people felt that I did not spend enough time writing about the difficulties women face when they have an unsupportive partner or no partner at all. They were right," she wrote. "I will never experience and understand all of the challenges most single moms face, but I understand a lot more than I did a year ago."
In her post Sandberg argues that American workforce policies must be broadened to include what a family looks like today, especially as the United States is still the only developed economy in the world that does not mandate paid maternity leave.
She also pointed out single mothers have been leaning for a long time. Sandberg told the inspirational story of Connie Sparks, who started the Lean In Circle Single Moms Rock and was a victim of domestic violence. Sparks left her abuser and raised her four daughters on her own.
"She worked hard to show her children what resilience looks like, earning her college degree and inspiring every one of her daughters to attend college," Sandberg wrote.
Sparks later founded her own company, Wade Co. Capital, to help other women start their own businesses.
"On Mother's Day, I want to celebrate women like Connie," she wrote. "I think we all owe it to single mothers to recognize that the world does not make it easy for them, especially for those who struggle to make ends meet."
We couldn't agree more.
Learn more about Sandberg by watching her exclusive MAKERS story above.
Photo Credit: Jerod Harris/WireImage