The internet never fails to disappoint in providing commentary that makes me want to bash my head against the desk when it comes to successful women. This has been proved yet again when news that Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer is six months pregnant.
Despite the fact that women have been getting pregnant for eternity, and working mothers are most definitely not something new, everyone and their father decided it was their right to comment on Mayer’s decisions about motherhood. Unlike the commentators, not a single f**k was given by the powers to be at Yahoo. Mayer informed the board shortly after she was contacted by a recruiter about the position.
While it’s pretty rare to have a pregnant senior executive, I think it’s time for the internet to back off. It’s up to Mayer and her husband to decide what is best for them and their child. Yes, she could set an example of someone high-powered actually taking a full maternity leave and setting precedence, but if she doesn’t want to, that’s up to her. But hey, that’s just what I think, I figured I’d fill you in on what the rest of the interwebs has to say.
- Forbes explains how Mayer is the “norm, not the exception” when it comes to CEOs. Like other leaders she’s going to be subject to scrutiny and like others her life will be questioned – though I’m sure few men have had their decisions as fathers as intensely scrutinized as her.
- The Wall Street Journal looks at how Mayer will face challenges both as the CEO of a failing company and as a new mother, bringing in anecdotes from other executive mothers.
- Mayer is compared to Sarah Palin in terms of the scrutiny the former-VP candidate faced on her parenting decisions in New York Magazine.
- Francine McKenna of Forbes compared Mayer’s “condition” to Steve Job’s failing health, questioning if Yahoo should have disclosed the fact that she was pregnant when they announced her new job.
- And, of course, good ‘ole Jezebel talks about the “shitty, sexist remarks” following the announcement.
What’s your take on the internet commentary on Mayer’s appointment and her pregnancy?
Leah graduated from Ryerson University with her Bachelor of Journalism. She’s currently interning at a design magazine in Toronto and spending her spare time baking tasty cupcakes. You can follow her @ElleandBee.