How does Sheryl Sandberg's brand of corporate feminism apply to working women who haven't been offered "a seat on a rocketship"? We'll find out tomorrow when she delivers the commencement speech at Harvard. Female employees at a local hotel (housed in building owned by Harvard) plan on using Sandberg's talk as an opportunity to ask the Facebook COO to back their efforts to unionize.
Last March, Sheryl Sandberg launched Lean In, a non-profit offshoot of her best-selling book. At the time of the organization's launch, it was too early to tell exactly who would benefit from the politically ambitious Facebook executive's top-down empowerment agenda. But now, one year later—after a high-profile publicity tour, a sworn commitment to diversifying stock photos, and the world's only meh Beyoncé video—and Sandberg still doesn't have a good answer.
Makers began as a documentary about the history of women's equality developed by AOL and PBS, but seems to have morphed into a brand of its own. Next week, Makers is hosting a three-day conference where Sheryl Sandberg, Eric Schmidt, Tim Armstrong, and others plan to "reset the agenda for women in the workplace in the 21st century."