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Yahoo's new CEO is preggers....taking no leave
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
Due with her first baby in October. She says "My maternity leave will be a few weeks long, and I'll work throughout it."

Yiikes! I wouldn't want to be on her staff!



More here:
baby1at35 responded:
I think that life is a balance. I know she worked hard to get to her position and maybe she feels this is necessary . I don't know. I know I wouldn't make that choice.
I do know that you do not get time back and spending them with your children is the most precious time.
I also know it is tough. My career was on an upswing when I chose to stay home. Most of my fellow co workers are VP's and Senior Account Exec. I more than likely would have been that too.
However now my priorities are completely shifted. I do want a career but with more of a work/life balance.
Me (42) 2 busy boys 6 yrs and 5 yrs
iocasta responded:
I say good for her. I worked on a Seventh Circuit Brief and maintained regular communications with my clients during my maternity leave. Newborns sleep a lot and if you are use to working, you get bored fast. At least, I did. Plus, Ms. Mayer will have lots of extra help.
Mom2Emma23 responded:
I think this shows how backwards America is regarding Maternity Leave. I am sure she will have no problem handling working from home with a newborn but taking Maternity Leave is already looked down on in most American work places and this just puts a false idea in people's minds. This CEO didn't need leave, why does your average American working mom need those three months off? It's sad in my opinion. I wish more workplaces valued family and to me this is a step backward. Its her own choice though, I would never do that. I will take as much time off as I am allowed and I don't believe that makes me any less of a "hard worker" than anyone else.
Sarah, Dh, Emma (5), Delilah (born still at 21 weeks) March 5 2012
baby1at35 replied to Mom2Emma23's response:
Sarah I never thought of it at that angle.
I know American maternity leave is so little compared to other countries. I know I really wish there was a value of family too.
Me (42) 2 busy boys 6 yrs and 5 yrs
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to baby1at35's response:
I heard a man discussing this on the radio last night...he said that he and his wife both have high power/pressure jobs.

When he leaves the office early to go see his kids play baseball or pick them up from school, he's seen as a "great dad".....When his wife does the same, she gets eye rolls and "on the mommy track" comments.

I agree with you Sarah, it sends a message....

mrswhitecastle responded:
This will be her first child -- I think she should refrain from making a concrete decision until after the baby is born. I thought I knew what to expect when a baby was born. HAHAHAHAHAHA...
Emily (7) Elizabeth (5)
sarah0323 responded:
With my first LO I took 12 weeks leave. With each of my others I only took 3 weeks. In my case I had to do what was righ for my family. Do I wish I could have taken more? Yes but for me it wasn't to be.
Me 33, DD - O 13, DS1 -J 8, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 5, DD2 - E (11/10)
iocasta replied to Mom2Emma23's response:
I see this quite the opposite. It says women can be captains of industry and raise a family too. A woman's role in raising a family has long been an excuse to keep women out of the board room. Reality is if you are the CEO or senior upper management you can't just step out of the equation like most other employees. Moreover, if something went south at Yahoo while she was on maternity leave and had left the helm, this would give even more fodder as to why women shouldn't be in these roles. Additionally, I don't see Ms. Mayer's working during her maternity leave is going to have any negative impact on maternity leave at Yahoo, or any other workplace, as a whole.
Mom2Emma23 replied to iocasta's response:
I realize she isn't the typical employee but my point is many people who already have a negative view of women taking "time off" for their children will use this as more ammo. In my opinion our country is backwards already with maternity leave and this is another set back because it will only spur the "well if SHE did it, why can't so in so".
Sarah, Dh, Emma (5), Delilah (born still at 21 weeks) March 5 2012
UKbluegirl2 responded:
I say more power to her. As women, we have a zillion choices and along with that do come extra scrutiny. But personally I've always enjoyed the challenge.

I took off about 5 weeks with each of my pregnancies, working during each leave and even working on my laptop AFTER my epidural with Ava. At that stage in my life, work was a huge part of my life. Were my children scarred because of it? I don't think so.

I commend her. If she can do it, go for it! Girl power! School and activities have changed my work/life balance far more than the actual child birth did.
iocasta replied to Mom2Emma23's response:
What Ms.Mayer does or does not do isn't going to change the minds of those with negative views of maternity leave. Even if Ms. Mayer took a full 3 months that wouldn't change the minds of such individuals. What she does or does not do will have a real impact on women's access to the board room. More women in the board room the better families will fare.
baby1at35 replied to iocasta's response:
I think what is important is that Leave is offered for an extended period of time. For those that wish to take leave. I get some either can't for financial reasons/type of job reasons.
I just think other countries have way more liberal leave options and we only offer 3 mos. I think we could do better to offer options.
As far as the Yahoo CEO it is up to her but as pp said wait until the baby gets here. That could change it all. Those little faces always do.
Me (42) 2 busy boys 6 yrs and 5 yrs
laney0705 replied to baby1at35's response:
The US (is the only country..I believe) doesn't provide any time off for maternity leave. It's up to the company you work for. I work for a school district and I don't get any "maternity" time off. I had to use my own vacation/sick time and then if I wanted to I could use short term disablity which is only a fraction of my pay. By law, your company has to hold your job for you if you take STD/LTD whether it's maternity leave or not.

Some countries, by law, give women 6 months off with pay.

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