Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Thinks Motherhood Is Easy Because She's Actually a Dad

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marissa mayerRemember that time when Marissa Mayer made headlines for 1) getting hired by Yahoo to be their new CEO, 2) announcing that oh-by-the-way, she's pregnant, and 3) adding that she'd be taking just the teensiest working maternity leave -- remember that craziness? Well, Marissa has come out the other side. She's had her baby, she's still CEO of Yahoo, and yeah, that maternity leave was super short. Also? Just so you know, slacker moms? She says her baby is totes easy.

Okay, deep breath everyone. I know a lot of us want to storm Yahoo headquarters with flaming torches and pitchforks over her high-powered working mom nonchalance. Why, parenting a baby! It's so easy! I could do it in my sleep! You know, the three or so hours I get every night? Oh don't worry, there's plenty of fury being directed at Marissa Mayer right now. But you know what? Maybe she's on to something.

I think Marissa's big secret to success has been to pretend she's a dad. That's right, instead of thinking like a mom (GUILT GUILT GUILT, RESPONSIBILITY, RESPONSIBILITY, RESPONSIBILITY, HEARTSTRINGS, HEARTSTRINGS, HEARTSTRINGS), she's said, "Screw all that!" And she's treating parenthood like billions of fathers before her have.

I mean, think about it: When has a man ever been hired to a prominent position just as he's about to become a father and anyone has ever even mentioned it? Exactly never! No one asks if he's returning too soon. No one questions if he's doing other fathers a disservice. He just shows up! And all anyone wants to talk about is whether he's an awesome CEO or not.

As for Marissa, she's probably hired herself a wife. Hell, she's probably hired two or three wives -- in the form of nannies and personal assistants. And you know what? Good for her because she can. More power to her. It's not even remotely the way I want to parent, but I'm not Marissa Mayer. I'm me. I'm doing my thing. Can't we just let her do her thing?

As a feminist and a mother, I feel it's important for me to accept Marissa's life choices without judgment. We like making our own choices, right? Well, those are the choices she's made. And I would hope she would be respectful of women and men at her company who make different choices. Oh yeah -- some men are starting to act more like moms and they're taking parental leave!

Everyone seems worried that Marissa is going to set a bad precedence for the rest of us. OMG, if Marissa goes back to work after two weeks and makes working motherhood look EZ, we'll be expected to do the same thing! Goodbye, hard-won work/family balance laws. Goodbye understanding employers.

But your employers aren't idiots. (Well, probably not most of them, anyway.) Everyone knows she's the exception that proves the rule -- that's why she's CEO in the first place, instead of, say, a blogger at The Stir. We know her choices are possible only because she has mountains of moolah. And yeah, mentioning these points over and over again is a smart thing to do lest any of the more opportunistic dinosaurs amongst us draw the wrong conclusions. But I refuse to throw rocks at Marissa for "ruining" it for the rest of us employed moms. She's just redefining motherhood the way she wants to.

Just keep one more thing in mind: Someday Marissa will be the mother of a teenager. And no amount of money can make THAT easier.

Do you think it hurts employed moms when Marissa Mayer says her baby is easy?


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lulou lulou

No, each of my 3 pregnancies and the early years raising them were vastly different, as many experiences from mom to mom are too.

Now, she needs to focus on getting yahoo fantasty football back on track.

nonmember avatar Cass

You think it's important not to judge her?!? This article was nothing but judgment! If you want to be really honest, consider the fact that she's clearly worked her ass off to get to her CEO spot. Perhaps the secret to easy motherhood isn't whining about how hard it is, but rather working at it to ensure that you maximize the health and happiness of all involved.

nonmember avatar chris

I am sure she has worked her butt off and congrats to her for her top position and on motherhood. I can't help but wonder though if in the future she might look back and feel sad about missing huge milestones and moments in her childs life. Toward the end of her life when success fades and all that she has is her family will she have regrets?

CLM3345 CLM3345

Some people do just have "easy" babies. One of my nieces never cries, always smiles and sleeps away the night. Another is quite the opposite. I don't know why there are always articles with people getting mad about someone saying their baby is easy. It might just be the truth.

nonmember avatar Sully

Adriana - As a feminist and mother you need to wrap your head around the fact that you cannot have it all. There is a work/family dynamic that always tips in one or the other direction - it's never balanced. Also, her choices aren't possible just because she has "mountains of moolah" (jealous and bitter?) but because she has a husband who is STAYING HOME. Get your facts straight before spewing such garbage about another mother, I thought feminists embraced empowering women, not breaking them down.

early... earlybird11

Who said she is missing milestones ??? Thats my question. Plenty of women contribute largely to society or business and are amazing moms. Many children grow up awesome with a nanny or in daycare while both parents build a legacy for their children... a life.. I cook a meal every night for my son and tuck him in to bed. I am the one who drops him off to daycare and picks him up. ( along with my husband as we work togeyher) I am the president of a large consumer finance company ( its a niche. Business so im being vague as to not let anyone know exactly what it is ) and the company is worth millions. I put my dues in early and worked 60+ hour weeks before becomjng a mom. I was 7 months pregnant when I earned my title and I took a 6 week maternity leave before having my husband take 4 after me. Niether of us have ever missed a first word a first step or a crawl. Never ever. Judgy moms deserve all they get. There is balance. Nothing or noonne in my house suffers from my career choices... or my husbands.

early... earlybird11

We are goal driven and hope my son learns you can have it all. His daycare is three blocks from work. We chose the closest we could, as we stop in frequently. I know every teacher in the school ( daycare - 12th grade) because I volunteer there. I jump at bringjng things, baking things etc.... balance is what it is about. A real business person would know good time management and therefore very little would suffer. Childre. Are always number one priority. But food on their plates is pretty damn important . So u do ur thing and leave other moms alone

nonmember avatar michener

I'm tired of hearing negative comments about Ms Mayer. I went back to work when my son was 7 wks old completely by choice. I like work and love my baby. I too have found parenthood with the baby fairly easy. He started sleeping through the night at 3 months and he doesn't cry much. I know many women have babies who are colicky or have many more issues than mine does. Can we not just accept that she is finding parenthood easier than people told her it would be? I sure am. I'll take parenting my baby over my 2 teenage stepdaughters any day.

MomTo... MomToovey

LOL, my favorite part was that you said you don't want to judge her, but that's exactly what your entire article is - you judging her. Good job. Gave me a great laugh this afternoon!

help4... help4newmoms

I can understand why this kind of statement makes Moms so angry!  It is not against Ms Mayer and her choices, it is the transference to all the other new moms out there.  For example, the MEDIA, seems to be saying," If Marissa can do it, why can't YOU do it?"  It is almost as if they want the Mommy Wars to wage. I am all for Marissa being a Mom and a CFO, men have been combing Fatherhood and Successful careers for centuries. If a Mom chooses to stay home, though, do not judge her, either. Thousands of women choose to stay home, not because they are choosing "the easy way out" but because they simply do not have the support. And I am not just talking about financial support.  I don't know too many new moms who can hoist the entire responsibility of child-rearing onto their spouses and/or caregivers for extended periods of time. Motherhood is "easy" for Marissa because she has taken on the traditional male role.   Let's report it the right way, MEDIA, so that folks don't get the wrong idea about what is possible when one has a baby - SOMEONE has to care for it 24/7.   It is ONE or the OTHER  - NEVER both.  :)

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