Note: this card is going to be full of sarcasm with a hint of anger, but mostly real-talk. Today the news covered a very important and hard-hitting issue: a woman becoming pregnant! (sarcasm)
One of the top stories in the tech industry was Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Is Expecting Twins. Congrats to her! But uh, why is this news?
This story bugs me for two reasons:
Reason 1 - Reporting on the pregnancy of a woman not only degrading to women, it’s questions a woman’s ability to balance work/home life. Something that we’ve been trying to fight for years.
Reason 2: When was the last time we questioned a male’s role and having children? Do we do that ever?
The shocking part of the story? She is plans on taking ‘limited’ time off work.
"Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout.”
So she’s healthy and happy and working, but the world responded in awe.
Tech Crunch argues why this might be important:
Mayer leads a major technology company and is a high-profile woman working in tech, so naturally many of her decisions — and particularly how she balances work and family life — are noteworthy. Certainly, carrying — and then caring for twins — in addition to a highly charged CEO role at a prominent tech company in transition (and raising another child) is quite the workload.
So, in some sense I do agree with TechCrunch, leading a big high-profile company and also carrying twins is a HUGE job. But managing work-life balance is her personal business. And questioning if she can do it, is just mean.
Mayer already has a 3-year old kid, but in 2012 she made a "$1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr, a strategy to handle the Alibaba investment issue, and the acquisition of numerous small and early-stage companies to build out Yahoo’s technical and engineering teams.”
Home girl is killing it.
So why should we report on the fact she’s having a kid? Am I the only one that’s bugged by this news story?
I think the story only perpetuates the idea that women cannot have healthy work/life balances. It seems the news is so shocked at this idea, they have to take the time to mention what a woman’s pregnancy means for the company. It doesn’t mean anything.