Elephant in the Maternity Ward

Ok, I’m just going to have to blog about it.  Everyone else is making a big hub-bub and since I think I am the only blogger in the US blogging about maternity leave,  it would be really weird for me not to take this opportunity to say something.  It’s like the elephant in the maternity ward.

What is the IT I’m talking about?  We’ll, the IT, I mean, SHE is Marissa Mayer, the new Yahoo CEO.   Her quote heard ’round the world goes a little something like this.

“My maternity leave will be a few weeks long, and I’ll work throughout it.”

As my readers know, I am an absolute advocate of maternity leave so you are all probably thinking I’m freaking out that she said such a thing.  In reality, I am not freaking out at all.  I’m kind of just saying, “DUH?!”  Of course she’ll only be off for a few weeks and work throughout.  She’s a CEO and there are trade-offs and benefits that come along with that.  Before we all get our Spanx in a wad, let’s remember that it’s a choice she’s made.  Let’s also remember that for the time she’ll give up, she is handsomely beautifully compensated.  That will allow for her to have caregivers on staff that will enable her to balance in the way she sees fit.

I’m not mad at Marissa Mayer at all.  She’ll end up ok and I wish her all the best  during her pregnancy and parenting.  And just as we would pray for all parents, her child will be healthy, happy and will grow into an adult of high character and success.

My only request to Marissa Mayer is similar to what other working moms everywhere would ask.  Please just be supportive of us regular people who are trying to manage it all.  Remember that we probably don’t have the financial means to let our husbands stay home with kids and that some of us are scared that at any moment we could lose our jobs or opportunities for advancement because we are perceived to not be as “loyal” as our childless peers.

That’s really all I have to say about it.  Sorry no scandal or scorn here.  Maybe I’m just a working mom trying to make it through the summer and don’t really have the energy to be angry right now.  Maybe I just shouldn’t be angry with any parent who is excited about bringing life into this world.

Wishing you all the best Marissa!  Stop by the blog while you’re on your maternity leave and let us know how it’s going!

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