Feeling inspired. I was fortunate to spend time today with more than 20 incredible church leaders. At Facebook, we’re grateful for what we’re learning from faith leaders. They’re some of the greatest examples of what it means to build community every single day. A huge thank you to them for sharing their powerful words of prayer with me and for being a source of light and hope.
This #HispanicHeritageMonth, we recognize the incredible Latinx Americans who enrich our lives through art and literature, defend our freedoms by serving in the military, and create jobs by starting and growing their own businesses. I was lucky to meet Manuel Bucio, the co-owner of @Razpachos in Chicago, and hear his incredible story. When he lost his banking job in 2008, he turned his misfortune into an opportunity to pursue his passion – Mexican desserts! I'm so impressed by both his creativity and perseverance – qualities that are the bedrock of innovation. Thank you to Manuel and every Latinx American for your contributions this and every month.
@leaninorg and @mckinseyco have just released our fifth annual Women in the Workplace survey. It gives us a much closer look at what women are experiencing at work, how far we still are from equality, and what we need to do to get there. This year’s report includes some fascinating insights. Here’s a big one: the “glass ceiling” at the top of the corporate ladder isn’t actually the biggest obstacle facing women. It’s the first step up to manager – the “broken rung.” It turns out that far more men are hired or promoted into manager roles than women. These are all workers at the entry level – they don’t have long track records, they all have similar experience, and they were all good enough to be hired in the first place. Yet men hold 62 percent of manager-level positions; women, just 38 percent. From then on, women are left behind. There are fewer and fewer of them to advance to higher levels. No matter how fast they climb, they can never catch up. Women are doing their part. They’re competing for promotions, negotiating, and staying in the workforce at rates similar to men. But they’re still underrepresented at every level – and women of color, lesbian and bisexual women, and women with disabilities are having a different and often far worse experience than women as a whole, as this report details. The good news is that if companies fix that broken rung, it would have a major impact – up to 1 million women would be added to management in the next five years if corporate America as a whole closed that gender gap. Getting to equal representation in the workplace isn’t a side issue. It’s central to women realizing their economic power. It’s key to increasing the strength of our private sector. And it’ll help us become the kind of just and vibrant country we want to be. #WiW2019
Today is International #DayOfTheGirl. From birth, girls can face limits on what they can learn, what they can earn, and what they can do with their lives. Around the world, 130 million girls are out of school. In the US, one in three girls are afraid to lead and 46 percent of girls silence themselves because they want to be liked. Every girl in every country deserves the chance to realize her potential and follow her dreams – wherever they lead. Empowering girls will create a better world for all of us, because when women and girls succeed – we all succeed.
Today would have been my husband Dave's 52nd birthday. We miss him every day, but especially today. Dave was one of the most generous people I’ve ever known. His passion for education ran especially deep. To honor his birthday today, we’re opening applications for the third year of the Dave Goldberg Scholarship Program in partnership with @kippschools I wish so badly Dave could be here to see this new generation of leaders soar. But his spirit lives on in their stories. It’s an honor to be part of their journeys – and to watch Dave’s legacy continue to grow.
Just went live with Mrs. @LauraWBush We talked about her work to empower women from all walks of life, her foundation’s program to help veterans and military spouses, and her lessons learned as first lady. Watch on my Facebook profile!
It was an honor to meet His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, UNSG Chef de Cabinet Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, French President @emmanuelmacron , and New Zealand Prime Minister @jacindaardern at the United Nations General Assembly. We talked about what all of us – the tech industry, governments, and civil society – are doing to stop terrorism and violent extremism from spreading online and off. It’s been six months since the horrific Christchurch terrorist attack in New Zealand and it’s critical that we continue working together to stay ahead. In 2017, Facebook and other tech companies started the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism to fight violent extremism. When one of us identifies this type of content, we share information with each other so that we can easily find and remove it across each platform. So far we’ve shared more than 200,000 of these digital fingerprints in our joint database. I’m thankful to everyone I met with today for their leadership – and I’m optimistic about what we can achieve together. #UNGA
Flashback to my college graduation in 1991 with my roommate Carrie Weber. Across the country, millions of college freshmen are moving into their dorm rooms this month – including the newest class of Goldberg Scholars. Paula, Robert, and I started the Dave Goldberg Scholarship Program to honor my husband Dave, who was deeply passionate about education. The Scholars are a truly remarkable group who all graduated at the top of their classes in high school and are ready to take college by storm. To help them settle in, the amazing team at @Dormify is outfitting the dorm rooms of all 45 Goldberg Scholars – everything from bedding to wall art to storage bins. A huge thanks to Dormify for this wonderful gift. I’m so excited to see what these young leaders will achieve next. And good luck to everyone starting college for a great year ahead.
One of my favorite things is meeting young women who are changing the world – like Riley. When she was 12-years-old, she started @thebluelollipopproject to raise money for pediatric cancer. Riley got the idea after learning about a boy named Ty Louis Campbell who tragically passed away from cancer at age five. Ty loved blue lollipops – so for every dollar donated, Riley sends a blue lollipop to a child in the hospital. Today, she’s raised over $16,000 and uses Facebook and Instagram to spread the word. I’m so proud of Riley and young people everywhere who are making a difference – one day and one lollipop at a time 💙
Heard some great news yesterday: the number of young women and people from underrepresented backgrounds in AP computer science has grown 10x since 2013, according to @code org. There’s a lot more to do but these numbers are encouraging. And today I was encouraged even more after meeting with some incredible women getting their PhDs in computer science. They’re doing groundbreaking research in areas like artificial intelligence – and they’re leading the way for more girls and women to follow. #leanin
The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is just two sentences long. “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” That’s it. Thirty-nine words that changed so much. And on this day in 1920, they were ratified by Congress and became federal law. It took several decades more before women of color were finally allowed equal access to the polls. Today, we recommit ourselves to the fight for equality for all. Social change can be painfully slow, but the alternative – accepting injustice – is unthinkable. During the long campaign for woman suffrage, one motto was printed on posters, proclaimed in speeches and chanted at marches: “The woman’s hour has struck!” It was time for women’s equality then, and it’s still time now.
Every summer, @LeanInOrg leaders from all over the world come together in California for our annual conference. I look forward to this all year – it’s so energizing and joyful to be with these remarkable women. This year, our community is larger and more global than ever: there are now more than 44,000 Circles in 172 countries. And the Leaders I spent time with this weekend capture that incredible diversity. They’re launching tech start-ups in Tel Aviv, running activist bookstores in Athens, challenging gender stereotypes in Tokyo, and doing outreach in response to a suicide epidemic in Saltillo, Mexico. In Circles, women support each other through all kinds of challenges, like re-entering the workforce, starting businesses, switching careers, and dealing with workplace bias and harassment. As our keynote speaker Dr. Bertice Berry put it, we may have to do the work on our own – but we don’t have to do it alone. We can be there for each other along the way. I’m so grateful to these women for bringing change to their communities – and for inspiring all of us. To start or join a Circle near you, head to leanin.org/circles (link in bio ).
Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. It marks how far into 2019 Black women have to work to catch up with what white men earned in 2018 alone. For millions of women, the pay gap is painfully real. But many people don’t even know that it exists. New research from @LeanInOrg and @SurveyMonkey has found that one in three Americans aren’t aware of the pay gap between Black women and white men. Even fewer are aware of the pay gap between Black women and white women, which — though smaller — is still sizeable. On average, the pay gap for Black women amounts to nearly a million dollars in lost earnings over the course of a career. That’s huge. And missing out on that income doesn’t just hurt women. It also hurts their families. More than 80% of Black mothers are breadwinners for their households. Being paid less means less money for groceries, housing, childcare, and tuition. These numbers are a powerful reminder that we still have a long way to go before our economy and our country are truly fair and equal. Fighting for gender equality means fighting for all women, especially those who face bigger obstacles and fewer opportunities. That’s what today is all about. #BlackWomensEqualPayDay
I’ll never forget reading Anne Frank’s diary growing up. And now I’ll never forget visiting the @annefrankhouse_official Standing in her dad Otto’s office, right below where she hid, I could hear the footsteps from visitors above – and it was a haunting reminder that their family couldn’t move or speak for hours and hours to try to survive. It’s so important that we keep telling stories like Anne’s. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “Where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” There’s no doubt Anne’s courage and strength live on and continue to touch so many people’s lives.
I had the privilege of visiting @YadVashem , the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem with my family and close friends. There are no cemeteries to mark the 6 million Jews that were murdered in the Holocaust. Yad Vashem preserves their memory so we never repeat one of the darkest chapters in human history. Passing through the Hall of Names, you can see the millions of records they’ve found; and on the ceiling, the faces of hundreds of victims. We learned about some of their stories through Yad Vashem’s archives. @tom_bernthal ’s great grandfather had relatives whose destinies were determined by the tragic events of the Holocaust. Some were sent to be murdered in Auschwitz or other camps. Some managed to escape from Germany to France only to be caught and sent to their deaths in occupuied Poland. Tom’s family is here today because some survived – but for so many other families, this was not the case. We honor their lives and also honor those who risked their lives to save others. Yad Vashem calls them the Righteous Among Nations: over 27,000 courageous people who refused to stand by as these atrocities happened, offering shelter and protection to Jews, knowing that the price could be their own lives. They remind us that we all have a responsibility to stand up for justice everywhere.
This week in Tel Aviv, I got to meet the incredible women and men of @LeanInIsrael Founded by @Rachelbns , this Circles community is empowering Israeli women from all walks of life – including girls, women in the military, students, women in the workforce, and senior executives. My dream is for every girl and every woman to know you’re never too young or too old to chase your dreams. Sometimes you just need a little help along the way. #LeanIn
Got to spend time with students from MEET, a program that brings young Palestinians and Israelis together for classes in computer science and entrepreneurship. Every summer, they create start-ups that address a social need. One of the Palestinian students shared that MEET has helped her become friends with people she would have never met otherwise. But as friends do, she got into a heated disagreement with her Israeli project partner one day. They got back to work, and by the end of the day, they’d forgotten what the disagreement was even about. She said MEET gives them a common cause – a shared purpose that’s bigger than their differences. Facebook is honored to support MEET by giving students feedback on their projects. These students aren’t just the future entrepreneurs of the Middle East – they’re the future leaders.
Israel's been called the Startup Nation because it has the highest density of startups anywhere in the world. Facebook wants to support them, so we’re opening the Playground in Tel Aviv – a place where entrepreneurs, NGOs, and people who lead communities can come together and learn digital skills, share ideas, and build connections. Our plan is to support 15,000 people every year and I can’t wait to see all the great things that come from it.
Honored to meet with Israeli President @presidentruvi in Jerusalem. I admire him for standing up for diversity and kindness across the country. His wife Nechama did the same before she passed away in June, dedicating her time to supporting children through the arts. President Rivlin and I talked about what it’s like to lose someone you love – and how we can honor them by continuing to do good in their name. Thank you, President Rivlin, for a truly special meeting.
At the rate we’re going, it’ll take 208 years to achieve gender equality in the U.S., according to the @WorldEconomicForum It won’t be until the year 2227 until American women have the same political, economic, health, and educational outcomes and opportunities as American men. This is unacceptable. And @MelindaFrenchGates – and a gang of comedians – want to make sure everyone knows it. That’s the idea behind the #EqualityCantWait campaign. Watch the funny (and infuriating ) video. Share the facts with the people in your life. Then let’s get to work fighting for equality for everyone. This is urgent, and 208 years is way, way too long to wait.
I was lucky enough to meet @TrishaYearwood this past weekend and learn all about her upcoming album, Every Girl. Her new single, Every Girl in This Town, celebrates being a girl with a dream and believing in yourself. “Stretching for stars on our tip toe hearts...Trying to get our big dreams off the ground...Like every girl in this town.” And the song—which Trisha calls an anthem for women—makes clear to her fans that there will be ups and downs along the way and that’s OK. Trisha is an outspoken champion for girls and women, not only in country music, but across the entertainment industry. I am honored and excited to call her a new friend.
Today we announced two new @instagram features to help stop bullying online. Young people tell us they’re hesitant to block, unfollow, or report bullies because it could make their situation worse. With “Restrict” you can protect your account from bullying without notifying the person targeting you. Once you restrict someone, only you and they can see their comments on your posts unless you approve their comments. And “Comment Warning” lets people know when their comment might be considered offensive before they post it. Tests show that this encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful instead. Thank you to everyone working to make sure Instagram is a kind and safe place. (Art by @heysp )
Go Team USA! Every four years, the Women’s World Cup is the highlight of the summer, and this year has been no exception. The women of the U.S. national team have played their hearts out and inspired us with their resilience, relentlessness, and jaw-dropping athleticism. You women are amazing! And the fact that you’re fighting for equal pay for women athletes just makes you even more amazing. We’re behind you all the way! (#Regram @alexmorgan13 )
Earlier this week, I met the extraordinary people of @LeanInItaly These women and men are inspiring, energizing, and there for each other — and their impact is growing. Members of Lean In Milan were recently invited to speak at the European Parliament about @LeanInOrg and the power of Circles. I’m thrilled that the word is spreading about how momentous these networks can be. In a world that so often tells women that we’re on our own, Circles are a place where we know people have our back.
Lilli Gruber is a journalist, writer, advocate for women's rights – and a true powerhouse. In 1987, she became the first woman in Italy to host a primetime news broadcast and she’s been raising the bar ever since. Lilli, thank you for a great conversation and for opening the doors for other women to follow. 🙌
One of the many things to love about Italy – its incredible small businesses. Yesterday I met some of them in Rome, including @velascamilano leather shoes, @mukako_it kid toys, @fiorin arredamenti furniture, and @saraceniwines They use Facebook and Instagram to reach people and are doing so well, they’ve hired people to keep up with sales. I’m grateful Facebook is helping them turn their dreams into reality.
Honored to meet with Italian Prime Minister @giuseppeconte_ufficiale We talked about how technology is impacting communities around the world, the challenges facing the internet and our company and what Facebook is doing to keep people safe. Thank you to Prime Minister Conte for a great conversation and for your leadership on these tech issues.
One of the most exciting things in politics right now is how many women are running for office at every level. Still, we’re a long way from 50-50 representation. Women hold fewer than 25 percent of seats in the U.S. House and just 25 out of 100 seats in the U.S. Senate. Only 6 states have women governors. And we’ve still never had a woman president. One reason for this gender gap is bias, which can distort how we view candidates without us even knowing it. @LeanInOrg wants to help change that. Today, Lean In is releasing a video called “See Maya run.” It shows some of the biases women face when they run for office, from having to work harder to prove that they’re qualified to dealing with likeability bias, which leads us to like women less as they become more successful (while liking men more as they succeed! ). For women of color, this gender bias is compounded by racial bias. And other aspects of a candidate’s identity – like their religion, whether they have a disability, and whether they’re an immigrant – can trigger bias, too. No matter who you vote for, it’s worth learning more about bias, because none of us are immune from it. That’s how we will choose candidates based on what really matters: their ideas and experience. It’s only when everyone can compete and get a fair shot that we’ll get a government that truly represents all of us. #GetOutTheBias
It’s been almost 10 years since Facebook became available in Italy. So glad to be here this week meeting with people who’ve helped bring our mission to life over the last decade - including our partners running companies across the country. They come from different industries – from skincare lines to marketing agencies to fashion stores – and I loved hearing how they’re using our apps to grow their businesses and reach even more people.
Ads can move us to tears, make us laugh, and make us think. They can also send troubling messages about what’s valuable, beautiful, and socially acceptable. In a recent survey, 90% of women said that advertisers don’t understand them. Just look at this photo that used to come up on Getty when you searched "businesswoman” before we launched our Lean In photo collection. In Cannes today, I moderated a conversation with people who care a lot about changing advertising for the better. More companies are making powerful ads celebrating diversity and equality and I’m grateful for that. #canneslions
Excited to be at the @cannes_lions festival of creativity – one of my favorite events of the year. Thank you to Caroline Hyde from Bloomberg for a thoughtful conversation about what Facebook is doing to keep people safe while helping advertisers reach the right people, how we can all get more women into leadership and what it means to build resilience.
Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome men out – the dads, grandpas, and stepdads, as well as the uncles, coaches, teachers, neighbors, and friends showing up and showering love on the next generation. I had always looked forward to celebrating Father’s Day – and it was not until I lost Dave that it even occurred to me that this day could be hard. We’ve been through a few Father’s Days without Dave by now, and while our grief has eased somewhat, it’s still a part of our lives. Today, we will think about Dave and talk about him and be grateful for him, but we will also miss him very much. To anyone out there having a sad Father’s Day, please know that you’re not alone. And to anyone whose friends or family are feeling down today, check out @OptionB for tips and advice on how to be there for them – today and always. #OptionBThere
Just went live with my friend Deborah Lee James to discuss her new book “Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success.” Deborah served as the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force, the second woman to hold that post, and has been an inspiration to the @LeanInOrg community for a long time. Her book is full of frank, relatable advice, and I’m so glad that more people will be able to learn from her remarkable career and incredible wisdom.
We all want to raise resilient kids so that when they face adversity – which they will – they can overcome obstacles big and small. The good news is we can teach them how. Just went live to talk about this with CorStone Executive Director Steve Leventhal. Check out my profile for more on how CorStone provides resilience trainings to at-risk youth around the globe — and Steve’s advice on how we can all help the children in our lives bounce back from life’s challenges.
Father’s Day is coming up - and if you or someone you care about is sad about it, they and you are not alone. It’s been four years since my husband Dave died, and while the sharp edges of our grief have softened, my kids and I still miss him deeply, especially on Father’s Day. Having friends and family who are always there for us makes all the difference. Everyone deserves support, which is why @OptionB is launching its second annual #OptionBThere initiative for Father’s Day. We have expert advice for how you can be there for loved ones going through a range of life challenges, suggestions for what to say when “Happy Father’s Day!” doesn’t feel quite right, and Father’s Day cards that acknowledge these struggles with warmth. Our hope with #OptionBThere is that we can all find ways to support one another through life’s challenges. Even small gestures can go a long way. In fact, they can mean more than you’ll ever know.
Just went live with @DrJAshton , @ABCNews chief medical correspondent, to discuss her heartbreaking, yet hopeful new memoir of surviving the suicide of a loved one, “Life After Suicide.” We also talked about the power of community, resilience, and supporting family and friends through life’s challenges. My deepest thanks to Dr. Ashton for sharing her story and all she’s doing to help others find new meaning in their @OptionB