On Monday the headline on Huffington Post read, “Yahoo Stuns With CEO Hire.” It was stunning because Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s new chief executive, had made quite an impact in her role at Google – being their first female engineer and one who spearheaded many big Google functions, such as maps. As Jezebel said, “What would possess a woman to go from arguably the coolest internet company to arguably the saddest? Did Mayer bump up against it the world’s highest glass ceiling?” But perhaps it was a different kind of “bump” that played a factor. On the same day that it was announced that Marissa Mayer was joined Yahoo as CEO, she also announced she was pregnant.
The 37-year-old executive and her husband Zachary Bogue are expecting their first child, who is due on October 7. But why make such a big, high-profile move at such an already busy time? She said that she was “very happy at Google” and was “coming into my own.” But as Fortune Magazine said, Larry Page “slid Mayer out of the CEO’s inner circle.”
She informed Yahoo of her pregnancy in late June while they were in the midst of their CEO search. But the fact that she was expecting did not sway Yahoo’s decision, and apparently did not play a big factor in naming Mayer in role of head honcho. Mayer did not point fingers at Google, but one wonders if they did not welcome her pregnancy with as open arms as Yahoo did.
Although there should be no discrimination against pregnant women in the work place in any form, women who have a baby on board or a family at home often get passed up for promotions or positions. Yahoo made quite a statement in the hiring of Mayer, who is in the middle of her pregnancy. It seems to say that they believe in her and that the fact she is pregnant doesn’t make her “in a delicate condition” or that they live in fear of the “mommy brain” from being her sleep deprived, exhausted and out of it with a newborn at home. So kudos to Yahoo in this move to support a women with child in such a big position, proving very publicly that women who are pregnant aren’t disabled; they’re just making a baby in their bellies.
How is her baby doing through this journey so far?
“He’s super-active,” Mayer said three hours after Yahoo announced her appointment. “He moves around a lot. My doctor says that he takes after his parents.”