Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer?received flak after her ?happy personal news? announcement that she would only take a minimal?maternity leave despite being pregnant with identical twins. Numerous people have deemed her actions irresponsible as they said that?she is spreading the wrong message to employees. ?If your boss takes limited time, you feel guilt-ridden if you don?t do the same,? said the Co-president of Mocha Moms Queens chapter as reported by NY Daily News.
Mayer announced on Tumbler this September 1 that she would be handling her pregnancy the same way with her son three years ago. ?Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique item in Yahoo?s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout.?
Media Criticizes Mayer?s Decision
Her announcement didn?t bode well with other mothers and her statement has caused a debate on whether women should take a maternity leave.
?We want to be superwomen, we want to do it all, but then something is going to suffer? I don?t want to worry about work two weeks after I give birth. I want to make sure that my baby is healthy,? said Shaquanda Spivey who has a son and upcoming child, NY Daily News reported.
This letter from CNBC begs mayer to take her full maternity leave. ?Even as I wish Mayer and her family the best, my heart is with all the other mothers in this country who also went back to work within two or three weeks- most of them not by choice?.?
Minimal?Maternity Leave Was Necessary?
Some, however, have rushed to defend the decision of the Yahoo CEO.?CNN believes that Mayer doesn?t have much of a choice as her support for Yahoo is detrimental at this time. ?Mayer is the fifth-highest paid CEO in the S& P 500. And keep in mind, Yahoo is going through a ?unique time? as it heads into a corporate restructuring? What would you suggest that a male CEO do in a situation like this? Stay away from work? Of course not.?
Mayer also said on Tumblr that Yahoo is supportive of her decision. ?I?ve shared the news and my plans with Yahoo?s Board of Directors and my executive team, and they are incredibly supportive and happy for me.?
She also said that she will remain dedicated to both her family and for her company. ?Moving forward, there will be a lot to do for both my family and for Yahoo; both will require hard work and thoughtful prioritization. However, I?m extremely energized by and dedicated to both my family and Yahoo and will do all that is necessary and more to help both thrive. The future looks extremely bright on both fronts.?