Hated being the only woman in almost every room: Randi Zuckerberg on leaving Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg’s sister Randi Zuckerberg, 36, says she left Facebook in 2011 because she ‘hated being the only woman in almost every room that I was in for 10 straight years.’

Randi who later went on to establish her own social media firm, said that women continue to be marginalised in the male-heavy world of tech. “I always felt very complicated about gender roles in Silicon Valley,” she told CNN Business.

“I loved what I did at Facebook. [But] I hated being the only woman in almost every room that I was in for 10 straight years. And I always thought, you know, gosh, I want to be part of the solution, not continue to be part of the problem. So I think maybe I need to step outside of Silicon Valley and really understand where we’re losing women and where we’re losing girls in this funnel,” added Zuckerberg, who worked in the fledgling live video department of the social network in its early days, says that Facebook was her brother’s vision.

Recalling how her brother asked her to join Facebook in 2004, when it was just a startup with some 50 employees, she said that since that time, tech has had difficulty integrating women into the workforce. “One of the things that I did realize is that I desperately wanted to see a world where there was more representation from women in the room,” she said.

In her interview with CNN Business, Zuckerberg says that her father initially offered his children the option of running a McDonald’s franchise instead of going to college.

The children eventually declined the offer, and it appears they made the right choice.

Mark Zuckerberg went on to Harvard University, but dropped out, Yet, during his time in school, he created a social network which eventually grew to Facebook is worth $488 billion today.  

The Zuckerbergs are four siblings – Randi, 36; Mark, 34; Donna Zuckerberg, an author, 32; and Arielle, a venture capitalist, 29. Randi Zuckerberg has kept a low public profile, but last summer, she came to his defense when Facebook was under fire for not removing posts denying the Holocaust.