Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Has 2 Weeks Of Maternity Leave

Today - Season 62

Yahoo, she’s a mom again! Marissa Mayer, the occasional feminist hero and failed savior of Yahoo, gave birth to twins on Thursday. After working through her pregnancy, Mayer plans on only taking off two weeks before heading back to the office, and she insists she’ll be working throughout those weeks here and there.

Mayer’s maternity leave policies have always been a little hypocritical: When she gave birth to her son, she had a nursery built next to her Yahoo office, yet refused to let other new workers telecommute to be close to their own kids. In April 2013, she tried to make up for it by extending maternity leave to 16 paid weeks for new moms.

“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.”

The “unique” time Mayer speaks of is a euphemism for “terrifying.” The Yahoo CEO likely had a stressful end to her pregnancy, as Yahoo’s stock hasn’t exactly been the best lately. Last week, PayPal co-founder and Mayer ally Max Levchin resigned from their board, and most of Mayer’s promises have been unmet—which isn’t much different from other CEOs, but since it’s Marissa Mayer, we’re supposed to be surprised.

The New York Times reports that Yahoo is being assigned negative stock values, and that a sale is imminent. For all of the company’s efforts to turn business around for its billion users, they just can’t seem to turn a profit.

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    • Sara

      2 weeks? Why even have kids if you have no intention of ever being around them.