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Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Business, Miscellaneous, Society | 8 comments

New Dad Is Also New First-time Fortune 500 CEO-Can He Handle It?

When will we see that headline? Because I saw the one I describe at the end of this sentence over an AP story in the Plain Dealer today and countless variations are all over the place regarding Marissa Mayer’s ascension at Yahoo. This is what we call pure unadultered linkbait: “All eyes on Yahoo’s mom-to-be chief exec.”

Really? Really? As if we will ever see, “All eyes on Yahoo’s dad-to-be chief exec.” Please.

MarketWatch had it right: Wall Street to Yahoo’s Mayer: Why Bother? or some other variation of the mammoth challenge related to her…JOB. Even an article discussing what should be disclosed is acceptable. But seriously. From now on, media? When a guy ascends to the top of a Fortune 500 company, you better run several graphs if not entire articles about the man’s obligations and circumstances outside of the C-suite. This is just ridiculous.

Cross post from Writes Like She Talks.

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  • slamfu

    You’ll see that headline when a man takes a job to head up a Fortune 500 Company while pregnant.

  • roro80

    Huh — I’ve read about 4 articles about MM going to Yahoo, and not one of them mentioned that she was pregnant. Maybe it’s because in my area, she’s a local celebrity, and we all already knew she was pregnant? Or her reputation precedes her to such a degree that nobody thinks it will matter?

    Anyway, I think Marissa is darling. And I also want her life. I wish her a mountain of luck in turning around Yahoo (although a mountain might not be enough), as well as much joy in being a new mommy.

  • I love what you wrote, Roro – that is very good to hear and know. If only the large market, national media didn’t have to sauce it up.

  • RP

    Not until most men take fatherhood as seriously as most women take motherhood will anything change in the perception between a working father and a working mother.

    In many cases, men will put their job before anything, including family. 60 hour work weeks, few vacations, never disconnected from a cell phone to work even during vacation, and little interaction with kids while they are growing up is acceptible when they are “moving up the corporate latter”.

    On the other hand, women will find ways to balance their lives between family and work, thus giving each the time required to do a good job at both.

    Congradulations to Yahoo and their new CEO. If anyone can turn that company around, she is the one to do it and she will do it with the proper balance between her corporate and private life.

  • @RP: I second and third this statement, “Congradulations to Yahoo and their new CEO. If anyone can turn that company around, she is the one to do it and she will do it with the proper balance between her corporate and private life.”

    I’d also add that while I’m not in Mayer’s generation and even at 37, she’s almost a generation older than those now entering college and the workforce, my understanding is that there is more of a demand by men to argue for/fight for/negotiate for a balance the way women have over the years. I hope that’s true and I look forward to watching the cultural change, hopefully, sweep through – and not only for privileged people.

  • FYI – Joan Walsh’s tone and content in this piece is what I’d project if I could write like her and pull the pieces together as she did:

    http://www.salon.com/2012/07/17/marissa_mayers_new_job/

  • roro80

    Hi Jill, it seems I may have spoken too soon. Granted, it’s just the title of a blog post within the online version of our “Paper of Record” but I did find this today:

    “Marissa Mayer’s life-changing moment — oh and she’s going to be CEO at Yahoo too”

    Bleh.

  • Yes- that’s the bleh I’ve seen. 🙁

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