The mom community is once again on fire about something in the news.
Marissa Mayer, the former Google executive turned new Yahoo CEO, is coming under fire for revealing that she will work through her maternity leave instead of taking the allotted time off.
“I like to stay in the rhythm of things. My maternity leave will be a few weeks long, and I’ll work throughout it,” USA Today reported Mayer told Fortune Magazine.
Some moms are concerned that the high-profile female executive is setting a bad precedent for women who want to actually take maternity leave. Others are saying that Mayer, who will be giving birth to her first child, is completely underestimating the role of a new mom.
“Her [Mayer’s] statement sets a bad precedent for other new moms and the corporations they work for that will now expect that to be normal maternity-leave behavior. The reality is that the initial days and weeks after having a baby is a difficult time physically and emotionally, and is also crucial to the formation of the mother-child bond,” new mom Deena Rosenberg told USA Today.
Personally, I didn’t find Mayer’s declaration to set women back or be an example of how corporations will now treat maternity leave. I simply thought it was something that many of us did anyway; it’s just in the spotlight with a high profile person now.
As a writer who runs multiple divisions of my company from home, I started working immediately after my child was born. As a matter of fact, I think I had a writing deadline due a few weeks after my daughter was born. I held her on my lap as I typed; she slept, I worked. I don’t think that makes me a bad mom. I think it makes me a mom who decides what she wants her life to be like–I wanted to be home and I wanted to work, so that’s what I did.
It seems to me Mayer is no different. She appears to be saying that she’s going to be working from home during her maternity leave. Why is this different from what many moms are already doing or have done in the past?
I say, as moms, we need to stop judging each other’s decisions–everyone is different and we have to trust that she is making the best decisions for her and her family, whether it be breastfeeding or working through maternity leave.
What do you think? Is Mayer setting a bad precedent for women, or just doing what is best for her and her family?