Marissa Mayer's maternity leave: is two weeks enough?
So, as she said she would, Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer took a two-week maternity leave. Yesterday she enthusiastically Tweeted: "My first full day back in the office and I'm excited to kick it off by announcing my new COO."
Cue the discussions on what this means about her as a mum, what this means about her as a CEO - and, of course, what this means for the rest of us.
Some say that her choice not to take a real maternity leave of six weeks or eight weeks or three months sets a bad example. Or that it says something about whether mums can or can't have it all. Others feel badly for her -- that she doesn't understand how special those early weeks are for bonding with your baby. Or how hard it is to be sleep-deprived and hormonal while you try to think straight at work.
Those are a few ways to look at it, but there are probably at least 30 more ways we could judge her: Maybe's she's - gasp! - formula feeding and she's sleeping through the night while a night nurse takes care of the baby. Maybe she's up all night nursing, but still able to run a company and is A-okay with leaving her baby for 8 to 10 hours a day because there are other loving caregivers around. Maybe in five years, she'll regret that. Or she'll regret none of it.
The point is all parents makes choices that affect the amount of time they spend with their family - whether they're working two jobs or staying at home or running a Fortune 500 company. And even though Mayer is in a powerful position, she doesn't have to be the bellweather for all working mums. She just has to make the choice that's right for her and her family. So - are we good? Can we move on now?