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  1. Ingrid, your concerns are certainly valid. In this case, though, Marissa made a choice that works for her. She wasn’t pressured into it and she didn’t do it to make a statement. My feeling is that she should be looked at as one mom making a decision just like we all do.

  2. I completely agree with both of your points, until we stop talking about women in power differently than we speak about men in power we will never level the playing field. Yahoo! has hired 5 CEOs in as many years and the media never dove into the male CEOs personal life in this manner. If women don’t stop judging other women how do we expect men and the media not too. Don’t make a comment about another until you walk a mile in their shoes and we all should expect the same in return.

  3. The main thing that worries me is the message it sends. Yes you can do it all, IF you are willing to man up and be a man about it and work through a period of time where your body really should be healing. Kind of sends the message that women milk pregnancy, just so they can have an extended vacation. Which is just about what priviliged white males feel about women and their ‘ailments’, be it pregnancy, migraines or breastfeeding.

    To me it sends the message: sure be all you can be, but don’t you DARE to even be a bit feminine about it, only a man will do.

  4. It isn’t invalid — our disagreement is about whether it matters. Making employment decisions based on pregnancy is illegal. My point is that I don’t think Yahoo deserves credit for NOT being jerks. As we both said, they hired because she was the best for the job. I just don’t think they deserve bonus points for that.

  5. Your first point, that its the law and they can’t use her pregnancy as a reason not to hire her, is invalid.

    She did not simply apply for the job, and then get hired because the law said they have to. Yahoo recruited and poached her from Google; they CHOSE her because she is top talent, despite knowing that she will need time away from the helm in only three months time. They could have easily chosen someone else (man or woman), or waited to hire her until after her maternity leave, but they wanted her that badly. I think that’s very commendable for Yahoo’s board, especially given the amount of missteps they’ve taken over the last five years.

    Regarding her decision to work through maternity leave, I agree, we should not be comparing her to an average mom or judging her decision. She is a multi-millionaire with the resources to help care for her infant around the clock, especially at night so she gets her rest. She’s also a first-time mom, who probably has no real idea of what those first few weeks and months will be like, so it’s hard to say now how she’ll feel once the baby is born. And furthermore, we don’t know to what capacity she’ll be “working throughout it.” She could potentially split her responsibilities with the COO or CFO, and just handle the high-level stuff for a few hours at the office each day, or she could work all day from home. All she is saying is that she will not be taking time off completely. Let’s give her a break already.

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