*Note: Except in corporate board rooms
Before we begin, please sit back and turn on Beyonce’s “Run the World” as you read this. I presume you will find (as I have) the juxtaposition of the song’s lyrics with Facebook’s current choice of Board members quite humorous.
While 6 out of 10 Facebook users are women, they comprise a whopping 0 out of 7 members of the Board of Directors. (Who run this mother? Girls!)
I have sat on 2 boards now, and I was the only female on either of them (and these aren’t small companies: 1 is a UK Fortune 500 company with 12+ board members). Take the challenge of asking any woman in business you know and she’ll tell you a similar story. (Disrespect us? No they won’t!)
There is a real problem with corporate culture when absolutely zero value is placed on diversity. I have seen firsthand how much power a corporate board wields, and I want to see a world someday where corporate actions reflect the diverse thinking / lives / consumption / etc. of a diverse world. This includes women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, etc.
Especially for a social networking site like FB, arguably one of the world’s most influential corporations, this is entirely unacceptable. When you have an all-star like Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s current COO, already in-house, or external players like Mary Meeker (the go-to internet guru), is it really that much of a stretch to have ONE female on the board? (Surely, we aren’t all brain dead?)
Let’s demand that Facebook recognize the value of female leadership on its Board; let’s start with this first step in the right direction. And I firmly believe that as things progress, it will no longer be acceptable to not have women on boards – to not have people of color, or gay men and women, etc. And, call me naive, but I think this will in turn change the attitudes and then actions of corporations all over the world.
I am writing this to brothers and sisters who recognize this is more than a “woman issue” – it’s a first step to changing a force of power that quite literally shapes the ways in which you and I conduct our daily lives. Please email this, tweet this (#FBgirls), post it on your Facebook status, sign Ultra Violet’s petition below and let Facebook know that you value diversity – and Facebook should, too.
(I’m Repping For The Girls Who Taking Over The World)