Ultraviolet, which describes itself as “a new women’s group fighting to expand women’s rights and combat sexism everywhere,” circulated a petition last month to protest the social network’s all-male board, collecting more than 53,000 online signatures and following that up with an April 25 protest outside Facebook’s New York headquarters.
Ultraviolet Co-Founder Shaunna Thomas issued the following statement to accompany the video:
Later this week, in one of the most high-profile and highly anticipated initial public offerings in history, Facebook will become a publicly traded company and make numerous new multimillionaires. Sadly, when this historic event happens, women will not have a seat at the table. Literally. Facebook does not have a single woman on its board.
The fact that a company as large as Facebook with a massive global reach does not have a single woman on its board is nothing short of shameful. Facebook owes its success and makes a ton of money off of its women users. Women are responsible for nearly two-thirds of the sharing that happens on the site. In addition, women account for more than 70 percent of daily fan activity on the site, which is a huge source of revenue for the company. In going public without a single woman represented on the board, Facebook is telling women that they have no future at Facebook.
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