We’re pleased to welcome @marjscar to our board of directors.
— Twitter (@twitter) December 5, 2013
It’s only fitting that Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) announced the appointment of Marjorie Scardino to its board of directors on its own social media platform. The news was made official by tweet and SEC filing on Thursday. Scardino is the first woman appointed to Twitter’s board.
Scardino will take David Rosenblatt’s place on the Audit Committee. Rosenblatt will remain a member of the board, serving instead on the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Governance Committee.
In November, former Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) executive Sallie Krawcheck said that Twitter having no women on its board was “a joke.” Krawcheck’s comment was made during a Bloomberg-hosted conference called The Year Ahead: 2014.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology released a report in November 2012 saying that although the majority — 56 percent — of Advanced Placement test takers in high school are girls, only 19 percent of girls sign up to take the AP Computer Science test.
This trend follows women into higher education. Only 18 percent of undergraduate computer and information sciences degrees are earned by women.