Mark Zuckerberg Has A Powerful Response To A Facebook Commenter Suggesting Girls Should 'Date The Nerd'

Words to live by.

January is typically the month when all those cute newborn photos and motivational quotes posted on Facebook by your high school friends that you haven't spoken to in eight years are replaced by — you've guessed it — New Year's resolutions.

To eat healthier, exercise more frequently, floss regularly or earn a black belt in karate ... whatever it was, none of those publicly shared promises garnered as much attention as this particular one.

And not even because it was written by Mark Zuckerberg.

On Sunday evening, Zuckerberg shared a status update where he talks about a personal challenge he'd set for 2016.

Mark Zuckerberg

According to Zuck, every challenge he sets for himself has a theme. This year it's "invention," so he'll be building an artificial intelligence system.

"My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man," he writes.

That doesn't really compare with your New Year's resolution to drink less, does it?

Anyway, there was something else besides Zuck's crazy ambitious project that got people talking. It was his response to one of the user's comments under his Facebook post:

"I keep telling my granddaughters to date the nerd in school, he may turn out to be a Mark Zuckerberg! Thanks for FB, I've reconnected with family and many old friends and classmates," Facebook user Darlene Hackemer Loretto wrote in her comment.

Zuckerberg's response? A class act.

"Even better would be to encourage them to *be* the nerd in their school so they can be the next successful inventor!" he wrote in response to Hackemer Loretto's comment.

In one sentence, Zuckerberg shatters the old-fashioned stereotype that the only way for a woman to become powerful and respected is to marry a powerful and respected man. 

Instead, the founder and CEO of Facebook suggests women and girls should become their own heroes, particularly by choosing to study and work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

Darlene Hackemer Loretto later clarified her initial remark:

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