On June 26, Facebook announced it was electing Sheryl Sandberg to the board, making her the company's first-ever female board member.
As a 25-year-old who uses Facebook every day to connect with friends and stay in touch with colleagues, I am so excited by this news. It's a step in the right direction – and a long time coming.
But Facebook's board has eight seats, and excepting Sheryl, all are occupied by men. These men represent a tiny minority of the globe, of Facebook users, of its content producers, and of the purchasing power on which ad revenue depends. Meanwhile, women make up 58% of Facebook users and produce 62% of its content, meaning Facebook has a long way to go before its board reflects its membership.
The company has gone public. It is time to reflect the public. Mr. Zuckerberg, don't stop with Sheryl! Elect another woman to Facebook's board by the end of 2012.
Sheryl Sandberg has called gender inequality "This generation's central moral problem." So Mr. Zuckerberg, I'm asking you to make a public commitment to electing another woman to Facebook's board by the end of the 2012.