Mark Zuckerberg has a simple message for young women everywhere: be the nerd you want to see (or date) in the world.
On Sunday, one matchmaking grandmother tried to flatter the Facebook CEO by writing in a comment on his Facebook page that she always tells her granddaughters to "date the nerd" because he may just become the next Mark Zuckerberg.
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Zuckerberg, who has been responding to many, many comments lately while on paternity leave taking care of his adorable daughter Max, was quick to try (politely) changing the way she thinks about her granddaughters' future prospects.
"Even better would be to encourage them to *be* the nerd in their school," he wrote, "so they can be the next successful inventor."
Nerd. Mic. Dropped.
Facebook, like many of its competitors in the tech industry, has offered more transparency in recent years about its internal diversity numbers and expanded its benefits for new parents company-wide. Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg's second-in-command at Facebook, is also aprominent figure pushing to help women advance in the workplace.
On her own Facebook page, the grandmother marveled at the incredible attention to the post — 20,000 Likes and counting on Zuckerberg's response — before noting that she does in fact "encourage" her grandkids "to do well," adding that "I've done everything in my life MYSELF."
The exchange came in response to Zuckerberg's post about the big challenge he's setting for himself in 2016: building an artificial intelligence system that can run his home.
Empowering women and manipulating machines. Such a good boy, as grandmothers everywhere might say.