Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, happily announced that they are currently expecting baby number 2.
In his post, Zuckerberg proudly announces that he and his wife are expecting another baby girl, to follow their first born, Max. In the announcement, he describes how when he learned of his wife's pregnancy, they wished for the child to be healthy first and then wished for it to be a girl.
Zuckerberg further describes how his and his wife's background of living with sisters has given him the opportunity to learn from strong and smart women and that Priscilla, who grew up with two sisters, learned many lessons from her siblings as well. He stresses in the post the role of family and a good relationship with siblings has had on each of their lives.
"We are all better people because of the strong women in our lives — sisters, mothers and friends. We can't wait to welcome our new little one and do our best to raise another strong woman," said Zuckerberg on his announcement post.
Zuckerberg and Chan's journey to building their family wasn't an easy one. Before their daughter Max was born, Chan has experienced three miscarriages. When their first daughter was finally born in 2015, the couple pledged to give away 99 percent of their wealth through the course of their lifetimes, hence the beginning of the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative.
The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative's philanthropic projects are quite unconventional as apart from more direct aid such as their search for a cure for all diseases and other poverty-combatting projects, they also continue to invest in small start-up companies such as Andela, a star-tup in Africa that trains software developers.
Raising A Child In The Internet Age
Zuckerberg, who was recently tapped to deliver Harvard's 2017 commencement speech, has been vocal in the past about his worries about his daughter growing up in the internet age. In fact, he has stated his uncertainty about when the right age would be to allow Max to go online.
It's possible that this is one of the reasons why Facebook has been active of late when it comes to making a healthier environment for its users as well as contributing to the fight for gender equality. Most recently, Facebook's COO interviewed vocal feminist Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the continuing battle for gender equality. Further, one of Facebook's most recent and active role in creating a healthy social media experience came in the form of a suicide watch and active support for users that are in need of help.