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Connections: Sheryl Sandberg's Message For Single Moms

May 18, 2016

Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg lost her husband a year ago, and on Mother's Day. After experiencing life as a single mother, she offered a kind of mea culpa: she wrote to the critics of her famous Lean In book who said that she had not grasped the challenge for single moms. Her message to the critics: You were right.

Sandberg's Mother's Day post was a tribute to moms who don't have a supportive spouse, and it's gone viral. We discuss the challenge of motherhood for moms who are often trying to do everything on their own.

We also talk to representatives from Sojourner House at Pathstone, which provides housing and support services for homeless women and children. Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a $227,000 cut to Sojourner House programs. We'll talk about the impact of the cut and how Sojourner House plans to work through the challenges to continue to support single moms. Our guests:

  • Erin-Kate Howard, single mom
  • Tabatha Santiago, single mom
  • Dr. Seanelle Tracy, executive director of Sojourner House at Pathstone
  • Tree Clemonds, director of resident services at Sojourner House at PathStone