Yahoo will be without a leader for a few weeks. That’s because their CEO Marissa Mayer has given birth to her first child, a baby boy.
Yahoo released a brief statement saying, “both Marissa and baby are healthy and the family is very excited.” There is no word on the newborn’s name or other details like weight, length and exact time of birth. But one thing we do know is that Marissa Mayer won’t be basking in the maternity leave glow for long!
The 37-year-old first mom said that she will only take “a few weeks” off, and will still be working post-birth. A Yahoo spokesperson said that after the birth Mayer would be “working remotely and is planning to return to the office as soon as possible, likely in one to two weeks.”
I don’t know about you, but that seems like a ridiculously short time. She isn’t giving her body the time it needs to recover and that initial bonding with her baby is so important. It’s a shame that she has to put her body and bonding on the back burner to run a company. Time Magazine noted that they were filled with not just sympathy but “skepticism, because nothing rocks your world like your first baby, a reality that Mayer has yet to fully appreciate. What if her baby has colic? What if Mayer battles postpartum depression? Becoming a parent is all about what-ifs. What if “a few weeks” of maternity leave just doesn’t cut it?”
But at the same time, we want to stand by her quest for equality, especially in the male-dominated tech world. There is no reason a woman can’t lead a company like Yahoo, but it seems like she is sacrificing far more than a man would for the role. Sadly, it’s just the way it is, and a challenge that so many working moms are faced with.
Do you think the idea that Mayer’s plan to just taking a week or two off for a maternity leave is crazy town?
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