Gender representation

Facebook board: Where are the female faces?

November 15, 2011: 11:25 AM ET

Facebook has been bolstering the ranks of its board of directors. So far, though, there are no women on the roster.

By Eleanor Bloxham, CEO of The Value Alliance and Corporate Governance Alliance

FORTUNE -- Facebook is a great, shining example of the new economy and all its innovative promise, right? Let's hope not.

Don't get me wrong. I have no problem with young guys with ideas making lots of money, creating jobs, and making customers happy. But what I do have a problem with in 2011 is a company with a board that looks like a little Rascals clubhouse from 60 years ago with an old wooden sign hanging on the door that says, "No Girls Allowed." All Things D's Kara Swisher used this comparison in an article last year, and I think it's apt.

The all-male Facebook board has been adding new members this year. And guess what? They are all male too. Not a single woman.

Earlier this year, the members of the clubhouse had included Mark, Marc, Jim, Don and Peter. This year, Reed and Erskine joined the club.

Did the Facebook club try to find women with skills and backgrounds that would be useful to their future strategy -- but somehow fail?  That's hard to believe. More

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