Several Harvard feminist organizations have also rallied in support of the petition, echoing concerns of critics that Sandberg, while proclaiming a message of feminist empowerment, caters to an educated, upper-class demographic rather than to all women.
“On a basic level, for me, feminism is always about putting the most marginalized in the center and that means that we don’t just focus on getting women into CEO positions, we also focus on getting domestic women basic rights,” said Sasanka N. Jinadasa ’15, president of the Radcliffe Union of Students, a feminist student group.
Despite the controversy Sandberg’s book has inspired in some circles, many activists see her presence on campus as a time to gain visibility for the cause of Doubletree workers.
“Having that access to [Sandberg] is an opportunity for the women of the Doubletree who have been fighting to get heard by Harvard,” said Kirin Gupta ’16, co-director of the Harvard College International Women’s Rights Collective.
Sandberg had not returned a request for comment by press time on Monday.
—Staff writer Mariel A. Klein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @mariel_klein.