Facebook Pushes For More Female Engineers — But Still Has No Women On Its Board
3:00 pm, March 12th | by Amy Tennery
An engineering director at the company, Jocelyn Goldfein, told the Seattle Times today that she’s “quite hopeful that Facebook can do something to turn the tide” and get more women studying computer science. And her argument is pretty great. For starters, she says that the “misogynist” way that Mark Zuckerberg was depicted in “The Social Network” was erroneous (which is pretty believable), and that Facebook does employ numerous female engineers and developers. And she also says she hopes that the rising interest in Facebook among girls and women could help get more female involvement in tech:
“You look in the room, you see all men, you assume that’s for men, not me… That’s why I think Facebook can make a difference. Teenage girls are using Facebook, and so I think it’s meaningful for them to hear about women engineers working at Facebook.”
But there’s just one problem with this: Facbeook might have some women engineers — but it still doesn’t have any women on its board. Zero.
In fact, just last month, numerous folks took Facebook to task for its board’s total lack of gender diversity. CalSTRS made a public demand for more women on the board, as did former Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy. And (illustrious as it may be) it doesn’t look like that’s changing anytime soon.