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Mark Zuckerberg uses social media to reshape how fatherhood is seen

By WITW Staff on January 29, 2016

Thirty-one-year-old Facebook executive Mark Zuckerberg is an influential king in Silicon Valley, admired by his 48 million followers online. So when he publicly announced that he’d take paternity leave to bond with his newborn daughter, Max, after her birth in November, he became the first and only male CEO of his stature to do so, according to Mashable.

His posts of time spent with his little one have captured moments big and small — from a Star Wars themed post in which Max is swaddled like a little Jedi, to diaper shots with captions that reads, “One more down, thousands to go.” “Zuckerberg could do what he wants, but he’s choosing to send a message,” said Scott Behson, who has written a book on working dads and serves as professor of management at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Though Zuckerberg is a privileged man capable of taking time off to care for Max, his influence among other men like him is huge, and his message could set an example, de-stigmatize the roles fathers play in their children’s lives, and change the conversation.

Read the full story at Mashable.


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