In addition to dealing with her grief, Sandberg, as a successful woman in the public eye, also had to deal with shocking disrespect and misogyny in the months following her loss. Some online trolls criticized her when she began to date a friend almost a year after her husband’s death. “Men date sooner, men date more, and women get judged more. And, you know, obviously that’s super unfair,” she told The Guardian in an April 2017 interview.
However, she did receive support from one very famous pal. That friend was Mark Zuckerberg, who had headhunted her for her role at Facebook back in 2008. Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Sandberg said, “One thing that was really important that I learnt from Mark Zuckerberg, my 15-years-younger boss, was it’s not just telling people they can have time off; it’s building their self-confidence.”