Ex-Facebook Executive Will Focus On Women’s Issues After Supreme Court Leak

(PresidentialInsider.com)- The former chief operating officer of Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg said recently she stepped down from her position so she could work on philanthropy and women’s issues in the wake of the possibility that Roe v. Wade will be overturned by the Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, Sandberg spoke with Fortune after she announced she would be departing from Meta. She said:

“This is a really important moment for women. This is a really important moment for me to be able to do more with my philanthropy, with my foundation.”

Sandberg is considered one of the most powerful women in the tech industry. She announced she was leaving Meta last weekend, which comes after she spent 14 years working at the company.

She explained her decision by saying:

“I’m really focused on what I’m going to do. Next, philanthropically and I am staying on the board and I have a leader of the philanthropy now.”

Sandberg serves of the board chair of the Lean In Foundation, a non-profit organization she co-founded. The group is dedicated to helping the global community foster advancement, leadership and inclusion for women in the job marketplace.

In May, she posted on her public Facebook page that she was very much against the words written in the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that signaled the high court is going to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case, which protects a woman’s right to an abortion.

She did this against Meta’s company policy that bans all employees from posting anything about abortion.

In talking with Fortune recently, Sandberg said there’s never really a “perfect moment” to depart from a company. She explained:

“There’s never one perfect moment. You know, there’s no end or beginning of the ads business. There’s no clean. There’s no, you know, distinct or definitive chapters of the Metaverse.”

However, she said she ended up deciding that she had to turn her focus more to advocacy work, which she didn’t have much time for while working in her important role at Meta.

She added:

“It’s just not a job that leaves room for a lot of other stuff in your life.”

She further explained that the current environment is a “very important moment for women.”

Even though she won’t be working full-time for Meta anymore, Sandberg said that she wouldn’t be completed removed from the company. She said:

“My transition is going to be long. I’m not leaving until the fall, and I’m staying on the board.”

During her interview with Fortune, Sandberg said when she first joined Facebook back in 2008, as the company was still in the startup phase, she originally intended to only work at the company for about five years.

Sandberg added that Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg was extremely supportive of her decision to leave the company. She explained:

“He was what he always is, really supportive, really supportive. Mark and I are so close and have known each other for so long.”