For almost 4 months, wunderkind Mark Zuckerberg has been receiving protests from all over the world about his board of seven white men. They represent a tiny minority of the globe, of Facebook users, of its content producers and of the purchasing power on which ad revenue depends. In contrast, women make up 58% of Facebook users and produce 62% of its content.
With the company set to go public any day now, Zuckerberg's non-response - comparing diversifying the board to "checking boxes" - is not only offensive but a threat to the company's future profits and viability. It's also raising questions about whether Zuckerberg is mature enough to lead a 100 billion dollar company into the future.
The New York Times recently wondered aloud, ""Is Mr. Zuckerberg really ready for this? Is he — there’s no sugarcoating it — grown up enough to lead a public corporation that is more valuable than McDonald’s or Goldman Sachs? The answer to those questions will determine the future of Facebook, as well as the fortunes of its new, public shareholders."
Mr. Zuckerberg, today, on your 28th birthday, we're appealing directly to you to prove your detractors wrong. We're asking you to be part of the solution to gender inequality, which Sheryl Sandberg has cited as "“this generation’s central moral problem." We're asking you to make a public commitment to appointing three diverse and qualified women to the board within 3 months of the Facebook going public and reach gender equality in 6 months.