Sheryl Sandberg appears in Annie Leibovitz portrait series celebrating strong women Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is part of an expansive project that honors resilient and powerful women for good reason. She's proved herself to be the epitome of both.
The trailblazer is one of many featured in a series of photographs making its U.S. debut by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, whose previous subjects include John Lennon and Queen Elizabeth II. The series, titled "Women: New Portraits," is a continuation of the iconic "Women" series Leibovitz made with Susan Sontag in 1999, which showcased women from a variety of backgrounds â from coal miners to socialites. It was widely credited with powering discussions surrounding gender roles and equality for women.
Sheryl Sandberg in Menlo Park. (Click to enlarge.)Image: Sheryl Sandberg, Menlo Park, California, 2015 Â© Annie Leibovitz from WOMEN: New Portraits For the new work, Leibovitz pointed her camera at women who are leaders in their field, like feminist icon Gloria Steinem and Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theater's first female black principal dancer. As Facebook's first female board member and one of the tech community's few female C-suite executives, Sandberg has written about equality in the workplace and crusaded to #BanBossy â a term many feel is disproportionately and pejoratively applied to women and girls.
"Sheryl Sandberg ... such a powerful woman," Leibovitz said of her subject. "She walks into the room and she is wearing a leather skirt; she is very engaged and very much in control."
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In the image, provided exclusively to Mashable, the COO poses in what appears to be a conference room at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters, wearing her late husband's wedding ring on a chain around her neck.
Sandberg's husband, former SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, died suddenly last May from a head injury while the family was vacationing in Mexico. After observing Sheloshim, a Jewish period of mourning that lasts 30 days, Sandberg issued an emotional essay about loss, despair and healing on her Facebook page. In it, Sandberg tried to bring awareness to issues facing women, while remaining candid about the depth of her own pain.
"In the last thirty days, I have heard from too many women who lost a spouse and then had multiple rugs pulled out from under them," Sandberg, 46, wrote. "Some lack support networks and struggle alone as they face emotional distress and financial insecurity. It seems so wrong to me that we abandon these women and their families when they are in greatest need."
Sandberg's portrait will make its U.S. debut when the UBS-commissioned exhibition opens in San Francisco on March 25. From there, it will go to Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York and Zurich. The exhibition, which was previously shown in both London and Tokyo, will grow as it travels and Leibovitz continues to photograph women. Check out the official website for details.
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