Sheryl Sandberg is no stranger to press — according to Forbes she's the sixth most powerful woman in the world and her book Lean In has launched a nonprofit that aims to, "encourag(e) women to pursue their ambitions, and chang(e) the conversation from what we can’t do to what we can do."
Which sounds great — unless you want to work with that organization and receive a salary.
In a Facebook post (that company Sandberg happens to work for ...) Lean In's editor-at-large, Jessica Bennett, asked for an intern available to work immediately and through the end of the year in unpaid internship. Although she tried to delete this, screen captures have preserved the double standard for all to see.
Sandberg personally made $91 million last week in a sale of Facebook stock. However the non-profit LeanIn.org is sustained through book sales of Lean In along with donations from Sandberg herself. However book sales were at No. 1 on amazon.com for a while and Sandberg's donations should be able to help cover at least the women working on spreading her idea.
The Fair Pay Campaign has launched a protest petition asking for Sandberg to pay her interns saying, "Instead of perpetuating the unfair advantages that privilege some women at other women's expense, pay your interns so ALL kinds of women, regardless of their economic background, can take advantage of career-building opportunities like these."
UPDATE: According to the Los Angeles Times:
The fury vented on Facebook prompted Bennett to explain herself late Wednesday:
"Dear What Appears to Be My Entire Facebook Feed: Want to clarify previous Lean In post. This was MY post, on MY feed, looking for a volunteer to help me in New York. LOTS of nonprofits accept volunteers. This was NOT an official Lean In Job posting. Let's all take a deep breath."
LeanIn.org apparently does not maintain a formal internship program.