UPDATED: Protesters Target Facebook’s NYC Office

Facebook’s New York offices were the target of a protest, along with the delivery of a petition, at noon ET today.

UPDATED: Devon Glenn from sister blog SocialTimes was on the scene and provided details on the event.

Ultraviolet, an online community dedicated to championing women’s rights and battling sexism, delivered a petition with more than 53,000 online signatures to the social network’s offices at 335 Madison Avenue and hold a public protest over the fact that Facebook’s board of directors is all-male.

The group pointed out that 58 percent of Facebook users are women, and they are responsible for 62 percent of sharing on the social network and 71 percent of daily fan activity.

Ultraviolet Co-Founder Nita Chaudhary said in announcing the petition earlier this month:

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 it success to 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. Facebook has a problem, and it needs to solve it before it goes public. Mark Zuckerberg should live up to his company’s mission statement and appoint at least one woman to the board today.

It should be noted that the most visible Facebook executive after Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Readers: Do you think Facebook should make more of an effort to diversify its board of directors?

Image courtesy of Devon Glenn, SocialTimes.

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