Who Run the World? Girls!*

Vania April 10, 2012 2
Who Run the World?  Girls!*
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*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)

 

http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/facebook

Twitter: @Nirvan1a

2 Comments »

  1. Steve Beineke April 23, 2012 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Who are the major investors?

  2. Vania Son April 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    The reason they put together a Board is bc theyre actually going public (so anyone can buy shares). Zuckerberg will still own a large %

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