Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the only member of his family making waves in Silicon Valley. His older sister, Randi, wrote a book and created a television show, Dot, as a way for young girls to explore technology. Zuckerberg hopes that by getting children, specifically girls, interested in tech, the gender gap won’t exist in 20 years, reports Forbes.
Even as a mom entrenched in the tech world, Zuckerberg realized she had to raise her children in an ever-evolving digital world. Zuckerberg has two sons and she wanted to ensure that they wouldn’t grow up in a tech world that was still dominated by men. She told Forbes, “I wanted my son to grow up in a world where he was working for awesome women and partnering with awesome women. Here I was writing a book as a professional technologist but on the parenting front I felt like an amateur mom parenting digital kids.”
Dot, the book, was released in 2013, and the TV show premiered last week. In both, the character Dot and her friends blend technology and their imaginations to help enhance real-life play time.
Zuckerberg’s desire to close the gender gap in Silicon Valley doesn’t only apply to young girls. Her advice to millennial women about helping create opportunities for their peers is spot on. She tells Forbes, “If you are the only woman in the room, use that as an opportunity to to bring other women into the room.”
Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly described Randi Zuckerberg’s children. She has two sons.