Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Maternity Leave? It is More Like a Pause is an interesting July 20, 2012 article from the New York Times. The article points out that more and more executive women are taking short maternity leaves. Sometimes it is measured in weeks-not months. As the article states:
Like many women, Mrs. Stern has followed the news that Marissa Mayer, the new chief of Yahoo, is pregnant with her first child, due in October. Ms. Mayer, 37, told Fortunethat her maternity leave would be “a few weeks long, and I’ll work throughout it.”
With those nine words, she opened a new front in the debate over work-life balance and that nettlesome phrase “having it all.” The debate was already simmering in the wake of an article in The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” by Anne-Marie Slaughter, a Princeton professor who had been director of policy planning at the State Department but found, as she wrote, “that juggling high-level government work with the needs of two teenage boys was not possible.”
I for one do not believe that this is a good thing for society, but I understand.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein