Usually when a woman gets pregnant, everyone else expects her career to take a backseat. But women like Yahoo's new CEO and former Google fixture Marissa Mayer prove that's not the only option that's out there for working women.
Mayer is reportedly six months pregnant, and there's speculation over whether she will continue over whether she’ll be able to turn the
struggling company around. Many are also wondering if Mayer
will be able to juggle the incredible demands of a challenging new
position and a newborn. In confirming her pregnancy to Fortune, Mayer admits she will be taking a
few weeks off for maternity and getting right back to work.
Turns out her new employer was also fully aware of the pregnancy when they brought her on. Mashable reports that although the board did their best to accommodate her pregnancy (they
moved the September board meeting from New York to Mayer’s California
hometown), and that she will also have access to a flexible schedule if need be.
Another good example of this is Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The mother of two has been outspoken about struggling to make time for her kids, and admitted that she often leaves work at 5:30 to have dinner with them. Unfortunately, not many professional women have the means or power to apply for more leave, work from home with pay, or to afford great child care to
accommodate their schedules. In fact, the ones that do are usually at the very top.
But thanks to tech, we no longer have to be chained to our desks in order to be productive. So if these two tech power players can juggle their careers and motherhood, perhaps they can also serve as examples on how other companies should start treating their pregnant employees.