Friday, July 27, 2012
Marissa Mayer is named Yahoo’s new chair. Her first act seems to be her announcement that she is expecting her first child. So far, so good. But then she announces, "My maternity leave will be a few weeks long, and I'll work throughout it” The cheering stops.
Critics argue that she is sending a message that works against maternity leaves. As a father and husband with a working professional wife, I think the difficulty is that this is her first child. She has no idea how hard that first few post-pregnancy months can be. And I suspect that she doesn’t realize how strong the maternal bond will be. If she has a second child, I suspect that she’ll want at least six weeks off, if not more. You can read more at The Careerist.