re: Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Vs. The Mommy Judges
When her pregnancy was announced, I fully expected the backlash, but even then I was taken aback by the idiocy of it. There is something unique about mommy judging, which Tina Fey effectively wrote about in Bossypants. The fact is, any employee or CEO can request a leave of absence for personal, medical, or whatever reason. The employer can decide whether to grant that leave. It is true that a leave is often a work disruption, but if it is granted, then the company has to deal with it, and that is the end of it. If anything, we might question whether the *employer* made the right decision.
This was not a bait and switch. She informed Yahoo of the pregnancy and they decided to hire her. She will work it out somehow. If anything, she is in a fortunate position, because she is a person of means. Unlike most employees, she could have the infant on-site with a nanny, with frequent access through the day. That's not so different from farming communities where mothers tend the fields with the infant swaddled nearby or even on their backs.
Marissa Mayer is neither a hero nor a fool here.