Last week, rumors swirled that Kim Kardashian was pregnant with Kanye West’s baby. She’s not, but the consensus seemed to be that a mini Kimye would provide a boost to Kim’s career. That’s true for many celebrities who find they become much more interesting to tabloid reporters and fans once they have kids. Think Kendra Wilkinson, Bethenny Frankel, and Snooki, other reality stars whose pregnancies gave them major career boosts. Jessica Simpson hasn’t had a pop hit in a decade, but her pregnancy landed her on the cover of multiple magazines. “Being a celebrity mom has more business opportunities than ever before,” an US Weekly editor said this spring. In pop culture, we’re baby-crazy. But for for everyday working women who get pregnant, it’s a whole different story. More
The Wall Street Journal reported that Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, just had a baby boy. Mayer’s husband, Zachary Bogue, made the announcement over Twitter. Marissa pregnancy, which was announced the day after she took the job at Yahoo, became a media storm. People worried it was bad form for six month pregnant Mayer to take such a huge job when already pregnant while others thought it would help women everywhere. But now, Marissa is officially part of that work/life balance struggle club, but something tells me, she will do just fine. More
Kim Kardashian is not even pregnant yet (reportedly) and yet she is already using an imaginary baby to get her press. Knowing Ms. Kardashian’s style she is probably already planning a maternity-wear line and a spin-off reality show, Kim & My Louis Vuitton-Dressed Baby. Kim has started tweeting just enough information to make people think she is either pregnant or trying to get pregnant. The fact that she is starting this early game means she may even be using a pregnancy more to her career advantage than Jessica Simpson did. More
Don’t make the mistake of wearing maternity clothes too early. Doing so can often make you appear larger than you actually are. While the body does swell during the first trimester, and each woman’s body is different, often women don’t start showing until the second. Make use of the larger (and stretchier) clothes in your pre-pregnancy closet. Get savvy and hook your pre-pregnancy pants together with safety pins or a hair tie, and add a loose-fitting top.
It’s only been a little over a month since Marissa Mayer became the CEO of Yahoo but with the media exposure and all the articles written about her you would think it have been a year. She did have a rather memorable start considering she is one of the few women to run a Fortune 500 company, especially one in technology and then she announced she was already about four months pregnant. What I have noticed is that for every article written about how Yahoo’s stock is performing and her actual strategy to save the struggling company as CEO, there are five written about her pregnancy, her maternity leave, her sense of fashion and her personality. I suppose that comes with the territory but Marissa seems to have gotten herself some extra focus. Here are 7 things Marissa has been criticized for that haven nothing to do with her job performance. More
Katie Couric, whose new talk show Katie starts any day now, recently said she would have liked to have more children (she two daughters) but it was difficult because of her career. The 55 year old TV veteran told Good Housekeeping, ““Sometimes I think I should have had six kids. Or I wish I’d had one [more] at 37, but I was busy. My career.” More
Kate White, the Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine, the best-selling monthly magazine in the United States, recently said in an interview with New York Times, “I want every girl to feel that she can have her first kid at 50, if she wants.” White, who had her first child at 37, knows that women feel the most pressure to have children between the ages of 25-35, which, as we know, is also when they feel a lot of pressure to establish themselves and excel in their careers. More
Imagine being a doctor in the ER. You’re running around seeing patients, talking to nurses, filling out charts etc., You are on your feet constantly all day. Or what if you are a litigator addressing the jury in court? Or maybe you are the owner of a restaurant and constantly have to be meeting with people? Now imagine doing all this while pregnant. We talked to a few women who reassessed their careers after their jobs took such major physical tolls on them during pregnancy.
At 37, you’ve opted to become CEO of struggling tech giant Yahoo. And you’re seven months pregnant.
With a Master’s degree in computer science from Stanford, you don’t need anyone’s advice on efficiency planning or system engineering. But you’re going to get a lot of input on nannies, sleep training, and—the buzzword/cliche du jour—”having it all.”
I’ve had it all and then some. I launched DailyWorth the same week I gave birth to my second child, and since then have raised $3 million in venture capital, built a team and an audience of 300,000-plus women—all with two preschoolers in tow. More
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Yesterday newly appointed Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced that she and her husband were expecting their first child. She is due in October which will be only three months after she has started her new job. “I like to stay in the rhythm of things,” she says.“My maternity leave will be a few weeks long and I’ll work throughout it.” To be precise, it will be three weeks. Now we know Marissa Mayer is different than most people. After all, this is the woman who said there are 130 productive work hours in a week if you shower strategically and she doesn’t really believe in the concept of burnout. But maybe Marissa’s choice to not take a full maternity leave isn’t that rare? We spoke with some other women who looked at maternity leave as only an option. More
We interrupt your Friday afternoon with this celebrity uterus update. Grammy-winner Adele is carrying a fetus whose cries will have a perfect pitch and sound prettier than your shower warbling. Now, we’re just waiting to hear how the successful lady will approach the debate du jour, working mother’s ability to “have it all.” More
Imagine launching a company. Everything is your responsibility. The stress and the time; it’s your decision to hire the right people, choose the right advice, and deal with the consequences that follow. Now imagine being pregnant while doing so. Well, that is exactly what Orit Hashay did. She had an epiphany about simplifying the way women shop for bras and she refused to let her pregnancy stop her from launching her business. More
This week new data showed that pregnancy rates for American women in their early 20s fell nearly 18% from 1990 to 2008 and their abortion rate dropped by 32%. They are attributing this drop to women delaying the decision to have a baby and using more effective birth control. But can we say what this is really about? Women are having children later in life because they are focusing on their education and their careers more than they ever were before. We may not be able to have it all but we are waiting to deal with the struggle of trying to balance having it all. More