Women represent 58% of Facebook’s user base, yet no women sit on its board of directors — and 58,000 people have a problem with that.
That’s the number of petitions being delivered to Facebook’s New York City office Wednesday afternoon. A protest is also scheduled outside of Facebook’s HQ on Madison Ave to demand the company put women on its board before the company goes public within the next few months.
The protests and petitions are being organized by Ultraviolet, an online community dedicated to “fighting to expand women’s rights” and combating “sexism everywhere.”
Ultraviolet collected 53,000 signatures with its online campaign within 48 hours. They expect between 25 and 30 people to show up at Facebook’s office to help deliver the petitions.
According to Ultraviolet, female Facebook users are responsible for 62% of the sharing and 71% of the “daily fan activity” on the social network — women add great value to the company.
“Facebook has grown on the backs of women, over 50% of users are women and the vast majority of sharing and fan activity is being done by women, which is directly tied to the company’s revenue,” said Ultraviolet co-founder Nita Chaudhary.
“This is a company that’s growing off the backs of women, who are the future of social networks and the tech industry,” added Chaudhary. “And they’re about to go public with an all-white, all-male board, and that’s just wrong.”
Ultraviolet also suggests there’s a profit motive for Facebook to add more women to the board. The organization has cited studies showing that companies with women on their executive boards are “more successful,” make more money and are “run better” than companies with male-dominated boards.
While Facebook has no women on its executive board, the company’s Chief Operating Officer is Sheryl Sandberg. Sandberg is considered to have a strong voice within Facebook’s internal decision-making process. She was recently named to Time‘s list of 100 most influential people in the world.
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