Protest Lack of Women on Facebook’s Board of Directors

Target: Mark Zuckerberg

Goal: To address the lack of women on Facebook’s Board of Directors.

For the past several years, Facebook has taken the world by storm, allowing millions of people around the world to connect with one another. But this company hasn’t made the connection that women are a big part of its business.

Approximately eight hundred million of Facebook’s users are women. Women are responsible for 62% of the sharing that occurs on Facebook, and 71% of the fan sharing that occurs. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s second in command, is known for her outspoken views on gender equality and women’s rights. And yet the board of directors is made up entirely of white males.

Facebook is behind the times even when one compares it to other Fortune 500 companies. Nearly ninety percent of these companies have at least one woman on their board of directors. And sometimes it seems like more women is more profitable—companies with three or more women on their board of directors had 43% higher revenues than those who didn’t.

It is true that Facebook needs to hire individuals who are best suited for their jobs. But many of these promotions are due to networking—and this social networking site seems to have forgotten its female employees entirely.

Mark Zuckerberg will control approximately sixty percent of Facebook’s shares once it goes public. Let the founder of Facebook know that ignoring the majority of its users is a huge mistake, and that a woman should be allowed on Facebook’s board of directors.

Dear Mr. Mark Zuckerberg,

It has come to my attention that Facebook will soon be going public, perhaps becoming the fifth largest company in the world. But I find it upsetting that your Board of Directors is made up entirely of men, a decision which ignores the eight hundred million female Facebook users.

Women are responsible for 62% of the sharing that occurs on Facebook, and 71% of the fan sharing that occurs. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s second in command, is known for her outspoken views on gender equality and women’s rights. If Facebook supports equality in the workplace, why are no women present on its board?

Nearly ninety percent of Fortune 500 companies have at least one woman on their board of directors, and studies have shown that companies with three or more women on their board of directors had 43% higher revenues than those with fewer female members.

It is true that Facebook needs to hire individuals who are best suited for their jobs. But your social networking site seems to have forgotten its female employees entirely.

I ask that you reconsider the individuals on your board of directors and choose a woman for one of the positions. Ignoring the majority of your customers is not only bad business, it reinforces the glass ceiling that women are doing their best to break.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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